Costa Rica Home of Medical Tourism Congress

The Second Latin American Congress on Medical Tourism will be held from May 2 through May 4, 2011.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Government authorities hope attendance of representatives of the medical tourism sector from different countries. To date, ten countries have already confirmed their participation.

Nació´s article includes comments from Jorge Cortes, president of the International Council for the Promotion of Health in Costa Rica (PROM), "Costa Rica comes into this meeting with a considerable record on medical tourism, which will allow us to speak with authority... "

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During 2012, medical tourism generated $338 million for the country, up almost 4% compared to 2011, when it registered $300 million.

Figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT by its initials in Spanish), revealed that in 2012 a total of 48,000 people came into Costa Rica for the purpose of undergoing various medical procedures.

Medical Tourism in Panama

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A foreign visitor coming to the country to undergo medical treatment generates four times more revenue than a conventional tourist.

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