El Salvador: Medical Tourism Up 8%

In 2014 the industry generated revenues of $21.2 million, 8.5% more than in 2013.

Monday, March 9, 2015

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. "

"... In general the country has an average of 30 medical centers, including clinics and hospitals that have international certifications which have been gained in the last two years. As part of the momentum which is being seen in the sector, four medical centers received accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory International Surgery Facilities . "

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