The Costa Rican Social Security Department will be asking the Ministry of Health to make a declaration of absence of candidates in order hire in twelve foreign medical specialties.
Among the specialists that could be hired are anesthesiologists, radiologists and several pediatric subspecialists.The purpose of this request is to start solving the problem of a shortage of more than 600 medical specialists.Furthermore, "... The Costa Rican Social Security Department has also requested authorization to create 45 new positions for medical residents and send abroad, gradually, up to 244 doctors to train as specialists."
An environmental impact study has been presented to build a hospital consisting of five buildings in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, department of Guatemala.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala in March 2016 by Olga Marina Cabrera Ruiz de Contreras, indicates that the development will be called "Vitta Center" and will be located at Kilometer 7.5 at the end of Boulevard Los Proceres, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, department of Guatemala.
The rise of health insurance and health tourism are part of the reasons behind the growth in the construction of buildings for medical offices and clinics.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that to date there are four noteworthy projects which include construction of buildings aimed at the medical sector. "Phase two of the Multimedica building in Zone 15, three buildings in Zone 9 and the Vitta Medical Center complex, on the road to El Salvador."
The Food Sector Authority has announced new tariffs for technical, sanitary and phytosanitary services which will take effect on 1 April.
From a statement issued by the Panamanian Food Safety Authority:
City of Panama. After several meetings with different associations and the promulgation in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta regarding changes to fees for technical, sanitary and phytosanitary services, the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA), announces that these will become effective from 1 ° of April.
Noting the current economic situation and high tax burdens, the company Lain has announced the closure of its operations in the country.
After twelve years of continuous operation in the country, the company dedicated to providing medical treatments for slimming has announced the closure of its branches and the beginning of a process of fulfillment of obligations with customers, employees and suppliers.
A growing segment of the population is starting to gain weight as a group of consumers of increasingly specialized high-cost services.
In Costa Rica the evolution of the population pyramid is starting to resemble that of developed countries, and shows a sustained increase in inhabitants in the higher age range, a process which is expected to take the number of old age people in 2050 to more than one million.
The Guatemalan Institute of Social Security is putting out to tender services of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), Clinical Laboratory, Ophthalmology and Dentistry for patients at various units.
It has been announced that in October a 11 thousand square meter mall will open in the east of the capital containing 30 shops and 26 other spaces for medical offices.
The new shopping center called Cronos Plaza is being constructed in Pinares in Curridabat and is expected to be opened to the public in April 2016. Company representatives said they have already negotiated 70% of retail and medical spaces available.
In 2014 the industry generated revenues of $21.2 million, 8.5% more than in 2013.
In 2014 19,000 tourists, mostly from the United States, visited the country to have a procedure or undergo treatment, whose average prices are up to four times lower than in the United States.
Tourism Minister Jose Napoleon Duarte, told Elsalvador.com that "... When medical tourism began to emerge, tourists came for dental care, but today they are also looking for specialized surgeries, treatments for cancer and heart ailments, which are gaining importance worldwide. Aesthetic plastic surgery is also experiencing a big boost. "