Costa Rica Benefits From Medical Tourism
The gains derived from medical tourism works both ways, for the tourist and for the locals of Costa Rica. Byproducts include:
- Increased foreign exchange inflows from foreign investment in capital equipment and buildings.
- Increased foreign exchange inflows through existing tourism products.
- More and better opportunities for trained professionals in the field of medicine.
- A competitively priced health care industry for locals.
- Higher standards in hospital and clinic to the benefit of locals and visitors.
- A continuously improving health care sector, keeping pace with international standards.
- Increased profits to hospitals and direct support services.
- Increased profits to other industries involved, e.g. airlines, hotels, restaurants, and others enjoying direct spin-offs.
The growth of medical tourism continues upwards, rising steadily from 36,000 patients in 2010 to over 48,000 in 2012.
As the standards of training and education improve, to comply with international expectations, both the private surgical facilities and the public hospitals and clinics will pass these on to locals and visitors.