Medical tourism in Costa Rica is growing by leaps and bounds, and for good reason.Â Last year nearly 40,000 medical tourists took advantage of the nationâ€™s internationally-accredited hospitals, highly-trained health care professionals and affordable prices. Why do so many Americans and Canadians choose Costa Rica for their dental, preventative care and cosmetic surgery needs? Most procedures cost 30 to 60 percent less and are complemented by a stress-free recovery in paradise, where English-speaking staff offer patients the best in post-operative care. In reality, health care in Costa Rica is so reasonable that a medical vacation here, including accommodations, airfare and sightseeing is much less than the procedure alone would cost in the States.Â For instance, a vacationer can save 50% and more on the cost of cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and full mouth reconstruction.
Medical tourism in Costa Rica
If you are contemplating a Costa Rica medical or dental vacation, you can rest assured the nation has one of Latin Americaâ€™s best health care systems, with multiple JCI-accredited hospitals in the San Jose metropolitan area. Clinica Biblica, CIMA San Jose and Clinica Catolica are all top-notch private hospitals that cater to medical tourists with bilingual staff and the latest equipment and medical technology. Â Most surgical packages include post-op care at a luxurious recovery center and several sightseeing tours to local attractions, enabling patients to take in some of Costa Ricaâ€™s beautiful beaches, botanical gardens and national parks.
Fly into San Jose or Guanacaste
With the new $140 million CIMA hospital in Guanacaste, medical tourists can also opt to fly into the Liberia international airport, which is less than an hour from the sun-kissed beaches of Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo and Conchal. If being treated in the Central Valley at one of the Escazu/San Jose based facilities, medical tourists are just a short drive from the popular Central Pacific beach towns of Jaco and Manuel Antonio, where delightful eco tours are a fun way to recoup after a dental or cosmetic procedure. Â Costa Rica offers a host of well-appointed recovery centers that provide comfortable lodging, round-the-clock nursing assistance, and healthy meals to ensure the best post-operative care.Â Forget about language barriers, as all personnel speak English fluently.
Low costs coupled with high safety ratings
Many of Costa Ricaâ€™s top physicians, surgeons and dentists received their medical training abroad â€“ either in Europe or North America. Despite their high level of expertise, costs are still remarkably low â€“ oftentimes 50 percent less than what youâ€™d pay back at home. The following are average costs of commonly requested procedures:
Dental care prices in Costa Rica:
Laser tooth whitening – $100 – $180
Root canal -$300 to $450 per tooth
Crown -$300- $500
Porcelain fillings – $80 to $120 per tooth
Dentures – $150 to $800
Plastic surgery procedures:
Facial laser resurfacing – $400- $600
Breast augmentation – $2,000- $3,500
Nose job (rhinoplasty) – $2,000- $3,000
Tummy tuck – $3,500
Full face lift – $3,200- $5,500
Tips for your Costa Rica medical vacation
Before booking your Costa Rica vacation, itâ€™s always wise to research your prospective doctor, consult past patient references and ask important questions.Â Here are a few suggested queries:
- What qualifications does your doctor hold? Board-certification is essential.
- How many times has he or she performed the procedure you are requesting?
- What risks are associated with the surgery?
- What kind of post-operative care is offered?
- Does your package include sightseeing tours/airfare/accommodations/plus all hospital costs?
- For those who can’t afford the time or travel expense to Costa Rica and live close to the Mexico / US border, the Sani Dental Clinics in Los Algodones are members of the ADA (American Dental Association) and have an excellent reputation and reviews.