Costa Rica News – Last year over 48,000 people entered Costa Rica on what are being called “medical vacations.” With the skyrocketing prices for medical care in the USA and now the implementation of the flawed Obamacare, this number is expected to increase ever more.
That figure is higher than the $300 million generated in 2011 and seems to be continuing to increase.
The commitment is such that the ICT and the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (Promed) set the goal of increasing the number of these tourists to 100,000 and generating $800 million.
The two companies will be presenting at the Fourth International Congress of Medical Tourism which will be held from the 24th to 26th April at the Marriott Hotel Los Suenos, Playa Herradura, Puntarenas. Promed is the organizer of this international event.
The event is considered essential in promoting medical tourism and the achievement of the goals set by the industry.
The ICT said yesterday that the increased demand for these services was 42% in the field of dentistry (dental implants and other procedures), followed by orthopedics and gynecology at 22%, preventive medicine (16%) and plastic surgery (10%).
The ICT estimates that, currently, this specialty generates about 20,000 jobs, and that the average spending of each tourist is $ 7,000.
Most of those who come in search of these treatments come from the United States and Canada.
Organizers detailed that 15 countries and 250 companies from the medical and tourism sectors will participate in the Medical Travel International Business Summit, which will promote Costa Rica and Latin America as leading destinations for health care and dental care.
The summit aims to develop medical tourism in new segments such as transplants, regenerative therapies in orthopedics, jaw implants and wellness programs.
Another goal is to diversify the source of tourists. United States ranks first in visitation, but Congress is expected to open opportunities in European and Canadian markets.