This Monday the inauguration of the third edition of Costa Rica medical tourism took place with the participation of 13 countries and 200 companies. The aim is to encourage the development of new business opportunities between suppliers and buyers of Costa Rican medical services to medical tourists.
Companies that are participating are: hospitals, clinics, hotels and insurance companies from countries like USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina.
This Monday, four Costa Rican companies received the seal from PROMED. In Costa Rica there are 17 companies with the distinction that guarantees tourists and medical services they receive, meet international quality standards. This was explained by the tourism minister, Allan Flores.
The conference agenda also includes talks, guided tours of hospitals and clinics and advice for small businesses.
In 2010, medical tourism generated $288 million in income for Costa Rica. The goal for 2014 is to reach $800 million.
On average a medical tourist spends six times more than an average tourist. In 2010 Costa Rica received 36 thousand health tourists, and for 2014 they are expecting at least 100 000.
The most sought after surgeries in Costa Rica is the dental, cosmetic, plastic surgery and orthopedics.