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Costa Rica
  • Summary
  • Why Costa Rica
  • Travel Notes
  • Our Selected Hotels
  • The Healthcare System
  • Costs
  • About Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a rugged, rain forested Central American country has come a long way since its days of coffee plantations and banana plantations. While it is one of the major exporters of both, Costa Rican coffee is considered as the world’s best coffee. However, exporting the coffee and bananas is not considered as the main source of income. Costa Rica earns its major revenue from tourism and with it came the medical tourism.

Costa Rica lists on the top medical tourism destinations list with the ministry of tourism recently announcing that out of the total tourists, 6 to 8 percent of its tourists came in for cosmetic surgery and dentistry. Costa Rica has a very good health system and it ranked first in Latin America, by the World Health Organization, WHO.

With the medical tourism boom in Costa Rica, the country is fast establishing itself as one of the best destinations for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery along with non-surgical and surgical procedures. All this is possible due to the professionalism of its surgeons, high quality of services and high level of care of the patient before, after and during the procedure.

Approximately, 8.5 million people come to Costa Rica every year to undergo some kind of plastic surgery. All type of cosmetic and plastic surgeries is done at this place and they include the use of latest technology and techniques to help the patient recover fast and in a healthy manner. Hospitals and clinics at Costa Rica are best in the business and the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica ensures all health standards are met by the hospital authorities.

The hospital authorities use high quality treatment that is used by some of the best countries in the world and the cost of treatment is comparatively low. 

Costa Rica’s economy is constantly growing and medical tourism is helping the country to earn high revenue to sustain itself. With a current of change running through the medical system of the country, technological advancement has made it easier for patients to achieve a body they have always dreamed of. People from around the world are now able to consult Costa Rica doctors and book the medical procedure with highly-qualified doctors while sitting in the comfort of their home.

The plastic surgery procedure attracts people from around the world to Costa Rica as the country is known to offer exceptional medical care at a fraction of the cost as compared to what the procedure have cost at other developed countries. The plastic surgery cost is drastically less as compared to the USA or other European countries.

Doctors and surgeons who practice at various Costa Rica hospitals have completed their education from some of the best hospitals in the USA. They have spent a considerable amount learning the nitty gritty of their profession from some of the best hospitals. The facilities of private hospitals in Costa Rice are equivalent to those in America and Europe as they offer high-quality services and are equipped with modern medical equipment.

There are a number of reasons why people choose to get the plastic surgery job done here. Some of the most common reason includes:

(1) Due to inefficient health care system in their own country, patients need to wait for a long time to get the procedure done. For instance; In Canada, the average waiting time to get the procedure done is almost 18 weeks.

(2) Cost is another factor that influences people’s decision to get the surgery done in Costa Rica. The cost of a procedure is a lot more than what it will typically cost to undergo a procedure in Costa Rica along with the traveling expenses and more.

(3) Insurance factor also comes into action as some people are underinsured, uninsured or choose to undergo elective surgeries that are not covered by the insurance.

(4) With the world becoming increasingly connected, traveling has become a lot easier and affordable and thus people choose to travel to Costa Rica to get the procedure done.

(5) Doctors in the country can speak excellent English which makes it easier for the patients to converse with the doctor and let them know what exactly they want their features to look like. 

There is a service provided by doctors in the region which help the patients to search for, review and book the best doctors online. The doctors are board certified and are recommended by the top specialists. This facility helps the patients to be confident that they will receive high-quality care by experienced doctors.

Along with the low cost of procedures and modern medical equipment, the country also offers a unique advantage. This is a great place to enjoy your vacations and relieve stress. 

Costa Rica is a hidden oasis and traveler’s paradise. Currently, the country boasts of two international airports. The Alajuela’s Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) is the largest airport and the other being the Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia. Various destinations in the country can easily be reached by short domestic flights. The Santamaria Airport is a state-of-the-art airport that serves San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. This airport is named after Costa Rica’s hero, Juan Santamaria, who died a courageous death in 1856 while defending his country against US-American forces.

  • Getting to and from the airport

Juan Santamaria airport is the main international airport that connects international tourists with the country. It lies at a distance of 20 kilometers from the heart of the city and is a hub of local airline Nature Air and SANSA Airlines. It has direct flights to North and Central America and serves various South American cities and the Caribbean.

Therefore, an easy way to travel to Costa Rica is by air. A majority of people coming in the country use this mode of travel. However, tourists also have the option to choose to travel by bus as it is a comfortable, convenient and affordable option.

Another great way to travel from the airport is to hire a taxi. This also gives you an opportunity to see the region in true colors. While in the region, you will come across a number of car hire companies. The country has right hand drive and when you are driving you will come across some roads that we well-maintained while some aren’t.

Once you reach your travel destination, you can explore the city through the rail. The rail operators, INCOFER, run a train from different cities on an everyday basis. However, if you need to travel to the country’s heart, it is better to opt for a bus. If opting for a taxi, choose the licensed ones and ask for a price before you hop on the taxi.

If you are traveling from Western Europe, The USA, Canada and Australia, a visa is not required. All you need is a valid passport. However, tourists from rest of the world require a valid passport as well as a valid visa.

Tourists can easily get their hands on accommodation that is realistically priced. Various hotels have graded their accommodations as per the quality, with A-grade accommodation offering the high quality while D-grade accommodation offering the poorest quality. While in the country, you can also choose to stay at a wilderness lodge or cabina. Moreover, you will come across hoteliers who speak English, which makes it easy to converse with them.

In the country, a plastic surgeon or a doctor needs to undergo a lengthy and rigorous training which helps them polish their skills and serve their patients in a better manner. The doctors need to study the medical science for approximately 7 years to attain their medical degree. Moreover, if they choose to specialize in a particular medical field, they need to study for approximately 4 to 5 more years. Therefore, if you are choosing a plastic surgeon, you can be sure that he has studied medicine rigorously for at least 11 to 12 years before he was able to attain his degree.

During the first 5 years of his degree, a doctor study clinical sciences along with the basic education of becoming a doctor in the university. He needs to study both practical and theory subjects during this time. Next, he also needs to do an internship in Surgery, Medicine, GynOb, and Pediatrics. Even after studying so much, he is not yet ready to get a medical license to operate on someone. Further, he needs to be a part of social service where he will be practicing his skills. Only after successfully completing the social service can a doctor get his license to practice.

Further, a doctor can also choose to undergo post-graduation to further sharpen his skills. This usually takes 5 years and requires a bachelor’s degree in surgery. However, there are some sub specialties that do not require the 7 years degree, rather a person can complete 3 years of general surgery studies to further indulge in post graduate studies. 

Some doctors also choose to travel abroad to complete their subspecialty. However, they come back to their own country and practice with the (CRMA) Costa Rican Medical Association. The Ministry of Health is responsible for hospitals safety, along with accreditation responsibility.

On the other hand, the physician accreditation responsibility lies with the College of Physician and Surgeons. Moreover, it is important for surgeons to get registered with the Costa Rica Plastic surgery Board before they start their practice. 

Costa Rica is believed to be the happiest country in the world. The country has many accolades; however, its culture and history extend far beyond what the international bodies have recognized. This small Central American nation is home to rich culture, a history of democracy, a passion for freedom and boasts of incredible biodiversity.

This is the oldest democracies in America and the nation is proud of its tradition and heritage. The country houses many international organizations such as the University for Peace of the United Nations and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The country was administered by Spain for nearly three centuries as a part of Captaincy of General of Guatemala under the military governance. It was the Spanish who optimistically called this place Rich Coast as they were finding gold and other valuable minerals. However, later on, the people turned to agriculture.

The country boasts of a rich and vibrant blend of Spanish colonial influence and indigenous heritage with a dash of Chinese and Jamaican immigrants. This is a nation whose national language is Spanish but a majority of the population speaks Bribri, English, Mandarin Chinese, Mekatelyu and Creole as their first language.

Costa Rica translates to Rich Coast and this is the first country to abolish the use of the national army. The people take great pride in their country and are very honest people. The country experience low crime rate and space are filled with beauty and excitement. Now the country has placed a high priority on public education and is thus heavily investing in the same.

Costa Rica, a Latin American country boasts of medically advancement and doctors who have undergone rigorous training before they are given license to treat the patients.  Plastic surgery is one of the fields which attract people from around the globe. The doctors have high expertise and are able to handle latest technology equipment with ease.

The hospitals in the country are deemed to be one of the finest in business as you get high quality treatment as you would have got if you traveled to developed countries. High quality plastic surgery at reasonably priced costs attracts people from around the globe and they choose to travel to Costa Rica.

Quick Facts About Costa Rica

(1) The country was first visited by Christopher Columbus in 1502 when he was traveling the world.

(2) Spanish colonists established their permanent residency in Costa Rica in the year 1563.

(3) The country’s constitution was passed in the year 1949, after a short civil war.

(4) The country didn’t have its national army until a year before the Constitution was passed; i.e the national army was formed in 1948.

(5) It is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America and has avoided many political problems in the region between 1970 to 1980.

(6) The country boasts a population of approximately 5 million people which is a little more than half the population of New York City.

(7) The Country has the highest literacy rate in the world with approximately 97.8% of the population being educated.


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