El Salvador: Medical Tourism is Growing

Forecasts are that by the end of 2015, 24.500 foreigners will have entered the country in order to receive medical treatment, generating revenues of $25 million annually.

Monday, November 30, 2015

According to the union one of the reasons which explains the anticipated results this year is the increase in the number of medical centers that have been accredited as providers of medical tourism. Elsalvador.com reports that "... 30 companies (have been certified) as providers of medical tourism, 11 have been certified for quality by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAsf) and 19 for the Certified Medical Tourism Professional (CMTP) from 2013 to date. "

Another factor that explains the growth of the sector is "... the official launch of El Salvador within the medical tourism industry through the brand 'El Salvador: Destination For Health', which was announced during the Medical Tourism Congress held a few months ago in the United States. "

"... During the event we were able to close a trade agreement with the facilitator medical tourism company US SkyMedicus and seven health companies in El Salvador, making it an ally for marketing medical tourism services abroad, offered by firms the who signed the contracts. "

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