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Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com is the first and only online Medical Tourism Directory for Costa Rica. We cover all aspects of your medical trip to Costa Rica from how to get to Costa Rica, which health services to use in Costa Rica, where to stay in Costa Rica, where to travel in Costa Rica, where to find specific medical travel insurance, medical tour agents and much more.
In short, we provide you with quality information on quality providers of medical tourism services in Costa Rica. Allowing you the freedom to independently choose your own quality affordable healthcare in Costa Rica.
Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com is not an extensive Medical Tourism Directory, offering page upon page of information on every doctor, dentist and hotel in Costa Rica, of which there are many. Rather, we focus our findings on what you, the medical travellers to Costa Rica, are looking for.
We visit each provider in person and establish whether their services are both appealing and appropriate for the medical traveller to Costa Rica. This is a long slow process, but our users and medical visitors to Costa Rica, really appreciate this screening process in order to arrive at the doors of the true quality providers of medical tourism in Costa Rica.
For treatment providers, such as doctors and dentists, we concentrate on providers who have a US or Canadian accredited facility or who work in such a facility. Please see our information on Quality Providers. These providers have actively sought to make their facilities and services of a standard equal to or above their US and Canadian counterparts and are perfectly positioned to welcome medical travellers to Costa Rica.
For all providers, we ensure that their level of service and level of English is of a high standard in order to welcome and converse freely with medical travellers to Costa Rica. When you click Contact Provider from any of our providers, we connect you with a person who can write and speak English to a high standard and we follow up with that person to ensure you have a response within 48 hours. (Research shows the majority of medical tourists who make enquiries directly to an overseas website may receive either no response or an unintelligible response.)
Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
Medical Tourism in Costa Rica is not a new concept. Costa Rica has welcomed health travellers and medical visitors for many years due to its popularity as a tourist destination, its safe environment, and its wealth of quality medical and health professionals. Medical Tourism in Costa Rica also offers substantial cost savings in comparison to undergoing similar procedures in the medical tourist’s country of origin. Although savings can be up to 70% compared to treatment in your home country – see our Compare Prices section, cost savings are not everything! More importantly, Costa Rica offers a high quality of care as well as cost savings and it is on this basis that Costa Rica has become famed for its medical tourism. Yes, we freely admit there are medical tourism destinations offering lower prices than Costa Rica, but quality of care is paramount. Costa Rica combines medical and health treatment of the highest standards, with a VIP patient service experience, as repeat visits to Costa Rica by medical travellers have shown.
In 2013, approximately 900,000 medical travellers left the US to travel overseas for health tourism. Costa Rica was the third most visited location for these travellers, ranking above India and Singapore and after Mexico and Thailand. Costa Rica’s proximity (see Airlines) and safety in comparison to other medical tourism destinations, guarantees that Costa Rica will continue to be an extremely important destination for medical tourism in the coming years.
Medical travellers from Canada and United States
Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com is perfectly positioned to assist both individuals and companies with their medical travel needs in Costa Rica.
Canadian medical travellers
Canada prides itself in its National Health System and rightly so. However there can be long wait times for some procedures – Orthopedics, Gynecology, Weight Loss Surgery, Eye Surgery and more. Other procedures may not be covered by the Canadian system – Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry. Costa Rica is already a popular destination for Canadian visitors and there are direct flight connections between Canada and Costa Rica’s two international airports in San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR), making it accessible also as a medical tourism destination – see Airlines information. Canadian Accreditation organisations are starting to accredit clinics and hospitals in Costa Rica, as they recognize the high standard of care in Costa Rica as well as the needs of the medical travellers from Canada to seek care of a similar or better standard than in Canada- see Quality Providers
As well as assisting individual Canadians with planning their medical trip to Costa Rica, Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com works with Canadian facilitators, corporate and insurance companies to connect them in person with quality providers of medical tourism in Costa Rica – see Corporate Assistance information.
US medical travellers
With the recent changes in the Health System in the US, (also known as Obamacare) many individuals, corporates and insurance companies are seeking quality, lower cost alternatives for health treatment abroad, away from the US – Affordable Health Care outside of the US. Costa Rica already welcomes many self funded corporates – see ABC report as well as insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. These medical travellers set high standards when connecting with providers in Costa Rica. Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com assists this process by focusing their directory of providers on those who are US or Canadian Accredited and with a strong history in attending medical tourism patients and clients – see Quality Providers
Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com works with US facilitators, corporate and insurance companies to connect them in person with quality providers of medical tourism in Costa Rica – see Corporate Assistance information.
Origins of Medical Tourism Costa Rica. com
Claire Charnock is CEO and Founder of MediTourDirect S.A., which brings you Medical Tourism Costa Rica. com. Claire is British, originally from Northern Ireland and has lived 6 years in Costa Rica and previously 10 years in Marbella, Spain and London, England before that.
The bilingual team at MediTourDirect includes various healthcare and marketing experts of the highest standards to ensure you find the quality providers of medical tourism you seek in Costa Rica.
Back in early 2013, Claire and her team observed the changes in the US Healthcare System and considered the websites and offerings promoting Costa Rica. There was a huge gap in the market for a quality medical tourism directory, where users could review quality information on quality providers and independently plan their medical trip to Costa Rica. And so Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com began in late 2013.
The response to date from quality providers in Costa Rica and from our users and patients both inside and outside of Costa Rica has been incredibly encouraging and motivating. Costa Rica has a wealth of quality providers equipped and ready to make the medical traveller to Costa Rica, feel both welcome and extremely well-cared for.
Each week, we personally visit new providers, check their accreditations and assess whether to include them in Medical Tourism Costa Rica.com. Sometimes, we decline to include providers in the Directory as we feel they are not an appropriate inclusion for an international audience.
We aim to bring you quality information on quality providers of medical tourism so you can plan your medical trip to Costa Rica.
We connect you directly with the providers, so we rely on your feedback of your experiences to assist further medical tourists to Costa Rica. Please send us your Feedback to help in this process.
If you require a procedure, treatment or speciality, not already included on Medical Tourism Costa Rica .com, just contact us and we will be delighted to help you further. Any other questions you have about planning your medical trip to Costa Rica, just contact us
We look forward to helping you plan your medical trip to Costa Rica.
About the Medical Tourism Directory Costa Rica – CEO Claire Charnock