Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is much more than a country replete with serene nature, clean beaches, and more flora and fauna than one can imagine. Medical tourism in Costa Rica is also becoming popular with overseas patients, particularly from the US and Canada. The National Health Expenditure Fact Sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reveals that Americans spend nearly $300 billion out of their own pocket on medical expenses annually. With figures like this, it is no surprise that Americans are seeking affordable alternatives in places such as Costa Rica.

Types of Medical Procedures Available in Costa Rica
Medical tourists go to Costa Rica for a variety of different medical procedures. Some of the more common procedures include:
· Cosmetic Surgery. Buttock augmentation, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction are just a few types of cosmetic surgeries available in Costa Rica.
· Bariatric Surgery. Costa Rica is a popular destination for weight loss surgeries such as lap band and gastric bypass surgery.
· Dental Procedures. Implants, bridges, crowns, veneers, smile makeovers, and other dental procedures are about 50%-70% cheaper in Costa Rica than they are in the United States. Many Americans are getting dental work in Costa Rica.

Medical Standards in Costa Rica
One of the main concerns of any potential medical tourist is ensuring that he/she will get quality medical treatment abroad. Costa Rica is a hub for medical tourists not only for the huge savings incurred, but also because it has exceptionally high standards in the field of medicine. Medical tourists in Costa Rica will find:
· Well-trained Doctors. Many doctors in Costa Rica have been educated in the West. They also continue to update their education by attending international conferences and meets. Many of them have years of experience of treating patients from as far as Europe and are hence, sensitive to the needs of the overseas patients.
· Accredited Medical Facilities. As of March 2012, three hospitals in Costa Rica are accredited by the Joint Commission International. This is one of the most prestigious not-for-profit organizations assessing the quality of healthcare a medical facility provides. In addition to this, many other hospitals and clinics in Costa Rica are accredited by other agencies of repute.
· Hospitals Catering Almost Exclusively to Westerners. Costa Rica also has a number of medical facilities with foreigners making up more than 90% of their total patients. So you won’t feel like a fish out of water when in Costa Rica for your treatment. Chances are that you might find someone from your home state getting treated at the same hospital or clinic where you will be undergoing your treatment.

Medical Tourism in Costa Rica – Other Highlights
In addition to the aforementioned reasons, Costa Rica is a highly desirable medical tourism destination because of the following:
· Cost Effectiveness. Even after factoring in travel expenses, getting a medical procedure done in Costa Rica as opposed to in the US will usually cost less.
· Proximity. Costa Rica is just a short flight from most American cities. This makes the country a lot more accessible than other medical tourism destinations such as Thailand or India, which can be almost half a world away from your home country.
· Vacation Destination. In addition to everything else, Costa Rica is a great place for a relaxing vacation. You may not have taken the time to travel to Costa Rica before, but it’s one place you shouldn’t miss – and what better reason than to save money on medical expenses?

The medical tourism industry is growing in Costa Rica. Over the next few years, more and more Americans are expected to travel to Central America for affordable, high quality treatments.

Knee Replacement in Mexico – A Viable Option

Knee replacement surgery or knee arthroplasty can help one regain painless mobility. The surgery usually sought by people suffering from arthritis or injury can be expensive though. This is why many Americans opt for knee replacement in Mexico. By traveling across the border to get treated, an individual can save thousands of dollars.

Finding a Good Orthopedic Surgeon in Mexico

If you are considering a medical trip to Mexico for knee replacement surgery, then the number one thing to do is finding a good surgeon. Mexico abounds in surgeons – good and bad, experienced and non-experienced. In order to separate the best from the chaff you should:
· Do ample research. Read up on different knee surgeons in Mexico to find the one that suits you the best. Make sure the surgeon –
o Went to a good medical college
o Has a good track record
o Has ample experience in performing knee replacements
· Request references. If you cannot find one online, you can ask the surgeon directly for references from the surgeon’s past clients.
· Find out about the clinic. A surgeon may be great, but his/her clinic or hospital may not. While you get knee replacement surgery in Mexico you want to be as comfortable as possible. This means getting your knee surgery in an environment that will put you at ease. There are many hospitals and clinics in Mexico that are up to international standards, so there is no need to settle for less.
· Always listen to yourself. If you do all the required research to select your surgeon, but feel uneasy once you arrive at the clinic, don’t be afraid to back out. If you find something alarming, that’s probably because something is not right. Don’t ever jeopardize your health!

Being a Safe Traveler

Whenever traveling abroad, one must keep basic safety practices in mind. The Mexican government is concerned about the safety of tourists, but you still have to be a responsible tourist to make sure you have a sound trip. Here are some tips to follow when traveling in Mexico:
· Don’t go out with strangers.
· Always inform your hotel about your plans for the day.
· Don’t walk alone in unknown places.
· Don’t walk around at night.
· Carry only a limited amount of cash.

Following these tips will help you have a safe trip during your knee surgery in Mexico.

There are many cities throughout Mexico where you can get your knee surgery done. Pick the kind of place where you will feel the most comfortable. If you want to make a vacation out of it, then you can pick a city with general touristy appeal such as Puerto Vallarta or Cancun. However, if you aren’t interested in spending additional time in Mexico before or after your surgery, you can simply travel to a border town, such as Mexicali, Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez

Buttock Enhancement in Costa Rica – Your Options

Whether you are naturally thin or heavy, your backside may not be exactly the way you want it to be like. A cosmetic procedure to enhance your buttock may be the best way for you to get the butt that you really want. Yet, most buttock enhancements are quite costly in the US. You can however, get a firmer buttock at an affordable price by getting a procedure like buttock implants in Costa Rica. There are many other cosmetic procedures available in Costa Rica to help you transform your butt into the backside of your dreams.

Buttock Procedures Available in Costa Rica

Fat Transplantation – One method to get your buttock enhanced is getting a fat transplantation. In this procedure, the doctor will extract fat deposits from elsewhere around your body and place them into your buttock. This is called fat grafting. Usually the doctor will perform liposuction on your abdomen, back, hips or thighs. Because it is just replacement of your fat cells, fat transplantation gives a natural and smooth appearance. When you go to Costa Rica for fat transplantation you can expect to be under general anesthesia for two-three hours.

Buttock Implant Procedure – You can also opt for gluteal implants in Costa Rica. This procedure is usually done when the person desiring buttock enhancement has very little body fat. The doctor will insert an implant through an incision near your tailbone. This procedure also usually takes 2-3 hours under general anesthesia.

Body Contouring – You can also go to Costa Rica for body contouring that changes the shape and appearance of the buttocks. This is typically a combination of gluteoplasty and liposculpture which results in a better backside.

Finding a Plastic Surgeon in Costa Rica

In addition to choosing from among the buttock enhancement procedures available, you also need to select a good cosmetic surgeon in Costa Rica. Choosing the right surgeon for buttock enhancement surgery in Costa Rica will play a large part in the overall outcome of your surgery, so don’t make a hasty decision. Instead, consider things like the surgeon’s:
· Reputation with previous clients
· Education
· Years of practice
· Number of buttock enhancement surgeries performed each year

Another important factor is where the doctor practices. You will most likely be spending a night or two in the hospital or clinic after your butt surgery in Costa Rica, so it is important that it suits you. The hospital in Costa Rica where your potential doctor practices should be:
· Comfortable
· Clean
· Inviting
· Modern
· Utilizing current medical practices and technology

When you are planning your trip to Costa Rica for buttock enhancement, you should take the aforementioned into careful consideration. The most important thing is that you have a good experience with an outcome you desire.

Jobs in UAE: Medical tourism hub Dubai spurs hiring boom

If you are in the thick of the job hunt and hoping to land one soon, these sectors in the UAE look promising and can offer you opportunities in the current market.

There is increased demand for healthcare professionals as vacancies in this sector are on the rise.

According to the latest Monster Employment Index (for last month), this particular sector registered a 45 per cent growth, year-on-year, making it a bright area for jobseekers.

“E-demand for jobs in the healthcare industry has increased 76 per cent year-to-date, while demand for healthcare professionals in the UAE has also exhibited impressive growth of 66 per cent year to date,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, (India, Middle East, South East Asia and Hong Kong).

“As the region continues to look for better talent in this industry, professionals with the right mix of expertise and skills are highly sought-after,” he added.

“Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA) has in recent years been promoting the emirate as a medical tourism hub, and I expect more investment in this industry to further stimulate the job market,” added Modi.

“In 2015, 150,000 medical tourists used 1,400 of the emirate’s 2,900 healthcare facilities, coming from with the UAE, the GCC, Asia and Europe. The DHA expects this statistic to increase to 170,000 medical tourists in 2016, with revenues of about $300 million,” he noted.

Maharastra,India gearing up for Medical Tourism

Maharashtra will set up a new medical tourism promotion council to tap the potential of this lucrative sector, The Hindu reports.

The new policy will support tie-ups between hospitals and hotels, with the aim of attracting more international visitors to India for medical services, such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, fertility treatments, and treatments for orthopaedic and cardiac-related ailments.

So many medical tourists come to Mumbai, but often a number of them arrive go to other states,” Valsa Nair Singh, Maharashtra’s secretary of tourism & cultural affairs told The Hindu.

“Our hospitals are world class and almost 80% cheaper than those in the West. We have been trying for an e-visa for medical purposes. We have to work with the medical education department, and tie up with hospitals and hotels,” she added.

According to Ms Singh, a large number come of Indian medical tourists come from the Middle East, and the state government is planning to visit the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai to market Maharashtra’s medical tourism facilities.

List of JCI Accredited Hospitals

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1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Hospital Universitario Austral

Austria: 2 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Burgenländische Krankenanstalten
Landeskrankenhaus Villach

Brazil: 3 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Hospital Sirio Libanes
Hospital Samaritano de Sao Paulo
HCor – Hospital do Coracao

Costa Rica: 2 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Hospital Clinica Biblica
CIMA Hospital

Germany: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
DRK Kliniken Berlin

Greece: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Hygeia Hospital

India: 12 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
Artemis Health Institute
Apollo Gleneagles Hospital
Apollo Hospitals Bangalore
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
Moolchand Medcity
Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City
Apollo Hospital Chennai
Fortis Mohali Hospital
Shroff Eye Hospital
Fortis Hospital Mulund
Fortis Hospital Bangalore

Israel: 4 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Assuta Hospital
Rabin Medical Center
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center

Jordan: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Specialty Hospital

Malaysia: 8 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
IJN – National Heart Institute
Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre
Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang
Penang Adventist Hospital
International Specialist Eye Centre
Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Prince Court Medical Centre

Mexico: 6 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Galenia Hospital
Hospital CIMA Hermosillo
Hospital Mexico Americano
Oca Hospital
Clinica Cumbres
Christus Muguerza Alta Especialidad Hospital

Panama: 2 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
San Fernando Hospital
Hospital Punta Pacifica
Peru: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Clínica Anglo Americana

Philippines: 3 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
St. Luke’s Medical Center
The Medical City
Makati Medical Center

Portugal: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Medical Port | Medical Solutions Abroad

Singapore: 15 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Parkway East Hospital
Raffles Hospital
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
National Heart Centre Singapore
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Singapore General Hospital
Singapore National Eye Centre
National University Hospital
National Cancer Centre
National Dental Centre
KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital
Changi General Hospital
Gleneagles Hospital
National Skin Centre
Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre

South Korea: 1 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital
Spain: 6 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Grupo Hospitalario Quirón
Vithas Xanit International Hospital
Centro Médico Teknon
Instituto Balear de Oftalmología (IBO)
Hospital Quirón Barcelona
Guttmann Institute

Thailand: 18 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Chiangmai Ram Hospital
Yanhee Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Bumrungrad Hospital
Bangkok Hospital
Vejthani Hospital
BNH Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
Ramkhamhaeng Hospital
Chaophya Hospital
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
Sikarin Hospital
Praram 9 Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Samui
Synphaet Hospital
Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital
Samitivej Sriracha Hospital
Nonthavej Hospital

Turkey: 20 JCI accredited hospitals are listed
Medical Park Bahçelievler Hospital
Medical Park Göztepe Hospital Complex
Anadolu Medical Center
Liv Hospital
Medipol Mega Hospital
Hisar Intercontinental Hospital
Neolife Oncology Center Istanbul
Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Memorial Antalya Hospital
Medical Park Hospitals Group
International Hospital
Yeditepe University Hospital
Florence Nightingale Istanbul Hospital
Kadikoy Florence Nightingale Hospital
Dunya Eye Hospitals
Gayrettepe Florence Nightingale Hospital
Istanbul Memorial Hospital
Force Hair Transplant Center
Göktürk Florence Nightingale Medical Center
German Hospital Taksim

Dubai Medical Tourism

Dubai targets one million medical tourists by 2020 after 18% growth in 2015. Top treatments are cosmetic surgery, dental, orthopaedic, wellness and fertility

Dubai has a target of one million medical tourists by 2020 as it has exceeded its projected target with annual growth of 18 % in 2015, claims the Dubai Health Authority.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi of the DHA says: “In 2015, we had international medical tourist traffic of 434,436 people, mainly from Asia, GCC and other countries of the Mena region -with an annual revenue of Dh1 billion. We will have crossed the 500,000 mark in 2016.”

The top five treatments are cosmetic surgery, dental, orthopaedic, wellness and fertility procedures. DHA seeks overseas investors to expand the range of health care on offer.

Dubai will soon have a website with all the health data in the emirate. The data is compiled from private, public hospitals, polyclinics and other medical facilities.

Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the Dubai Statistical Institute has launched the Health Statistical System. The data covers inpatient and outpatient traffic, infections, diseases, surgeries conducted, births, vaccinations and more.

2015, the four DHA run hospitals and specialty centres received over one million patients. This number includes outpatients, accident and emergency cases, walk-in visits as well as admissions. The total number of outpatient visits across these facilities were 647,762 number of accident and emergency cases were 441,441 and the remaining 81,595 were admissions.