More Medical Tourism in Guatemala

During 2012 the health tourism industry reported revenues of $8.5 million, having increased by more than 13% compared to the previous year.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A statement from the Tourism Commission of Health and Welfare of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) states that "The sector is in a state of constant growth, having increased by 13.3% compared to 2011, with a closure of 8, $5 million in export of medical and welfare services. "

The president of the Commission, Julio Donado, said "International visitors are seeking services such as bariatric surgery, cosmetic dental treatments, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, stem cell treatments, among others," adding that by 2013, Guatemala projects capture over 5,000 patients and the generation of $35 million in income by the sector.

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Boom in Medical Tourism

October 2011

More and more Americans are traveling to destinations in Central America and other areas in order to receive medical treatment

Doubts about the medical treatment offered in Latin American countries that existed some years ago have disappeared.

Currently Americans perceptions regarding the quality and prices of medical services offered in countries such as Costa Rica has changed significantly.

Medical Tourism Growing in Guatemala

August 2011

Services for alternative medicine and dentistry are those most requested by visitors.

Promotion work by professionals in the sector grouped around the Committee on Tourism, Health and Welfare of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) has generated a sustained increase in the sector since 2007.

Guatemala Commits to U.S. Medical Tourism

October 2010

Out of Americans who seek medical care and welfare in 2012, the country expects to attract about 5,000 patients.

According to a study made by Deloitte Report, supported by the Medical Tourism Association, it is expected for 9 million Americans to seek medical care in Latin America in 2007.

Medical Tourism Increases in Panama

October 2009

In the last 6 months, medical tourism has increased 1000%, according to Hospital Punta Pacífica, leading player in the industry.

Andrés Caballero, manager of the Hospital, reported that "in February, we used to attend 3 patients each month. We are now serving 30".

"Medical tourism has gained advantage in the last months due to Panama's competitive prices when compared to the United States, where most visitors come from", reports

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