Income from Medical Tourism Up 5%

Visits by foreigners to undergo medical procedures in Costa Rica last year generated $437 million, 5% more than was registered in 2016.

Friday, May 11, 2018

According to figures from the Central Bank of Costa Rica, medical tourism revenues have shown sustained growth, as in 2015, 2016 and 2017 there were reports of increases in relation to each of the preceding years of 9%, 16% and 5% respectively.

Regarding the reasons for the growth, vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Health (Promed), Roberto Herrera, explained to that " ... the country benefits from the international prestige that Costa Rican professionals have, as well as the security conditions and the availability of bilingual staff."

In relation to the services demanded, the article explains that " ... 45% of those who decide to visit the country undergo dental procedures (cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries), while the rest do so to undergo plastic surgery or to treat problems related to aging (orthopedic surgeries) or obesity. "

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