Rise of Medical Tourism in El Salvador

In the first six months of the year the income generated from this activity grew by 26.6% compared to the same period in 2013.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"... In the first half of 2014 10,338 people came into the country for medical treatment, generating $12,145,969 million in foreign exchange ... This represents an increase of 19.6% and 26.6% respectively when compared with the same period in 2013, when the amount of people who came was 8646 and revenue was $9,595,313."

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador:

"... August 20 2014.- Today the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Jose Napoleon Duarte Durán made important advances related to Medical Tourism in El Salvador as part of the inauguration of a medical center which is a pioneer in the field of rejuvenation treatments.

He confirmed that on September 7 more hospitals will be accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International (AAAASFI), giving a total of 16 certified hospitals in the country, positioning the country in second place as having the most certified medical centers in Central America after Costa Rica.



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Zaldivar Clinic and Day Surgery Center are the two new hospitals accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International (AAAASFI).

Guatemala Promoted as Medical Tourism Destination

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Representatives of U.S. medical institutions made a visit to the country in order to promote it as a medical destination.

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Medical Tourism to Guatemala Increases

February 2009

Statistics from the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism indicate that the increase in tourists with medical purposes was 39% in 2008.

Susana Portillo writes in Elperiodico.com.gt: "The services of highest demand are odontology and plastic surgery. Hospitals, hotels, obesity clinics, plastic surgery, oculists, dental surgeons, spas and alternative medicine centers offer their services, and they compete in the market to attract their clients."

El Salvador Bets on Medical Tourism

February 2009

The Association of Medical Tourism (ATM) of the United States is in the country accompanied by tour operators to learn about medical possibilities.

Elsalvador.com publishes in its website: “...the work of promoting medical services is encouraged by institutions such as: Cámara de Exportadores de Servicios de Salud de El Salvador (Exportsalud), Agencia de Promoción de Exportaciones de El Salvador (Exporta), Agencia de Promoción de Inversiones (Proesa) and the Ministerio de Turismo (Mitur)."

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