The International Council for the Promotion of Medicine in Costa Rica (Promed) awarded the companies Advance Dental, Prisma Dental, Instituto Flikier de Rehabilitación Oral and Dentavac the quality seal during inauguration of the Third Latin American Congress of Medical Tourism on Monday.
The event is being held in the country from 23rd to 25th April.
With these new awards, the number of Costa Rican companies holding such certification reached 17, according Elfinancierocr.com.
"Certification is granted for a period of three years with an option to renew,keep up with the Ministry of Health staff have appropriately incorporated intothe respective professional associations, are some of the requirements to qualify for the label," the note.
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Competing with giants like Mexico and Brazil, Costa Rica managed to attract 40,000 health tourists in 2010 and hopes to attract more with a variety of value added medical tourism offers.
Emphasizing treatments for Parkinsons, drug addiction, alcoholism and stress, including holistic therapies, Costa Rica is aiming to maximise opportunities in medical tourism, which attracted some 40,000 visitors in 2010, according to the Council for International Promotion of Medicine in Costa Rica (Promed).
Mexico, Spain and Poland are looking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations competing with the traditional ones such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey.
From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
Besides traditional competitors such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey, new international players such as Mexico, Spain and Poland are now seeking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations. On the one hand is Poland, which through a government program is trying to promote itself as a good country in which to find health treatment, rehabilitation, diagnosis and aesthetics services and, through its participation in three consecutive fairs (Miami 2012, Moscow and Monaco in March 2013), has managed to be taken into account by the experts as a new player in this market.
By the end of the year, the number of tourists using medical services in Costa Rica will reach 20.000.
Sector entrepreneurs hold that while a drop in demand was felt in the first quarter of the year, the situation has reverted. The current trend is a growth one, and is is expected to reach 100.000 patients in the next 5 years.
The strategic alliance between Hospital Clínica Bíblica and MedTrava Group will promote Costa Rica as a medical tourism destination for the United States market.
MedTrava Group, one of the main agencies of medical tourism in the United States, announced an alliance with Hospital Clínica Bíblica in Costa Rica. Their objective is to offer an additional low-cost medical tourism destination for its American clients.