Health Services: Opportunities Abroad

In the case of Costa Rica, a potential for internationalization has been identified in five medical service specialties: orthopedics, fertility, oncology, ophthalmology and bariatric surgery.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A study carried out by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior (Procomer) states that "On a general level of context, it was determined that in all of them (with the exception of fertility) there is evidence of experience in the care of international patients (at least in one procedure)."

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The document highlights that "... The potential of each procedure is analyzed based on these criteria:

a) Level of technical complexity
(b) Infrastructure
(c) Risk control
(d) Export experience
(e) Competitiveness.

From this analysis, it was determined that more than a general potential per medical specialty, there is one according to procedures, and those that the analysis indicates with greater opportunity are: cornea transplants, knee replacement, arthroscopy and oncological surgery, all are treatments covered by medical insurance.

Fertility procedures are discarded, mainly because of Costa Rica's current lack of experience in this area (segment not ready for promotion).

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