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Costa Rica Travel Center : Costa Rica Medical Tourism Last Updated: May 23rd, 2012 - 17:32:56

Costa Rica Health: Medical & Dental Tourism in Costa Rica!
By Explore Costa Rica Staff
Sep 26, 2009, 15:53

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Costa Rica Health: Medical & Dental Tourism in Costa Rica!

Medical tourism is a term that has risen rapidly Costa Rica and around the world.  People from all around the world are traveling to other countries to obtain medical, dental, and surgical care. Many plan these procedures at the same time travelling, vacationing, and fully experiencing the attractions of the countries that they are visiting.

With soaring health care costs and long waits for medical procedures, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality, affordable treatment. Whether you want cosmetic surgery or life-saving procedures, you might have to dig deep into your wallet or wait several months before receiving the medical or dental care that you require.

According to the National Coalition on Health Care, more than 500,000 Americans traveled abroad to receive medical and dental work in 2006. And this is not an isolated trend. Every year, millions of patients from around the globe flock to some of the hottest medical tourism destinations including Costa Rica, in order to receive five-star treatment at unbelievable prices.

Experts predict that by 2012, medical tourism will grow to be a $100 billion business with more than 780,000,000 patients traveling abroad to receive care from foreign doctors, dentists, and hospitals. These impressive figures don't necessarily include the growing alternative healing sector either. With wellness spas and Ayurvedic healing on the rise, medical tourism is clearly a global phenomenon that deserves greater attention.

We realize that medical tourism can be a strange and daunting concept for many. But when all is said and done, your medical bills, airfare transportation, and hotel accommodations could end up costing less than whatever deductibles and charges you would have to pay in your home country.

Costa Rican dental prices average 2/3rds less than the U.S. Why? Because the overhead is lower. A $2,000 - $4,000 dental implant in the U.S. can cost only $675 - $950 in Costa Rica. Costa Rica dental facilities are superb and the dentists are among the finest in the world.

Costa Rica is rapidly becoming a destination of first choice for North Americans and Europeans seeking quality and affordable dental care and cosmetic surgery. The reasons are simple. In Costa Rica you can find top quality dentists and cosmetic surgery trained in the best schools and performing procedures at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the U.S. or Europe. In Costa Rica most cosmetic surgery and dental procedures can be performed for a third of the cost in the U.S.

For example purposes below is a price comparison chart for common dental procedures in Costa Rica.

  US Costa Rica
Dental Implants $2,000-$4,000 $675-$950
Dental Crowns $500-$1,000 $300-$350
Porcelain Veneers $800-$2,500 $350
Teeth Whitening $400-$750 $350

Why not explore the Worlds of Medical & Dental Tourism in Costa Rica!

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San Jose Guide:

San Jose, the Capital of Costa Rica, is the hub of all transportation in Costa Rica. For that reason, it is usually the first place you will visit while in Costa Rica. It lies between three Costa Rica volcanoes. There is a large variety of Costa Rica hotels, parks, restaurants and attractions for visitors. The first thing noticed about San Jose is the local friendliness. The city is set up on a pretty logical grid system. When on foot and touring the capital, Costa Ricans, also known as Ticos, are always willing to lend a hand with directions. Always remember though, locals use landmarks not street names for directions, and if you just can't figure out where you are, find a local church. Every church in Costa Rica faces west. While in the Capital, you have access to the best public transportation in all of Central America

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