Latinos from around the United States are returning home to seek affordable healthcare in their native countries such as Mexico, Central American countries like Costa Rica, Panama and other destinations in South America including Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina for a multitude of surgical procedures, including dental care, plastic and cosmetic surgeries, stem cell therapies and medical spa treatments.
According to the Latin American Medical Tourism and Health Congress, nearly 50 million Americans don't have health insurance, and among them, almost 20 million are of Latin American heritage. Therefore, the availability and cost effectiveness of procuring medical care and treatments in Mexico, Central America and South America are offering all American citizens and travelers from countries such as Canada and throughout Europe some of the largest opportunities for healthcare in Latin American hospitals as well as clinics.
Quality of Care in Latin America
Medical tourism around the world is gaining attention. More countries are ensuring that services offered are certified and accredited by the United States as well as international accrediting organizations such as the JCI, and ISQA to ensure quality of care, the best in equipment and technology, and clean and state-of-the-art facilities and hospitals.
Medical travelers from the United States, Canada and other countries are traveling to Latin America for affordable medications, prescriptions, and treatments not available in the United States, including stem cell therapies and many alternative treatments that are nevertheless accepted and practiced around the world. The rising costs of healthcare and medical insurance in the United States is propelling more Americans, including Hispanics, to venture elsewhere for quality and experienced healthcare.
The Growing Popularity of Medical Tourism in Latin America
Medical tourism in Latin America includes medical destinations in exotic locales from beautiful Costa Rica and Panama to the best that Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil have to offer. Many hospitals in these locations meet international standards and are inspected and accredited by the Joint Commission International, the international branch of one of the leading medical facility accrediting organizations in the world.
Hospital and tourism packages offer consumers options in affordable dentistry, plastic and cosmetic surgery, obesity and weight loss treatments as well as LASIK eye care and are combined with the availability of a once-in-a-lifetime getaway vacation at an exotic destination, which are proving increasingly attractive ideas and options for Americans as well as other international travelers.
Why Health Tourism in Latin America?
Rising health-care costs, burdened public healthcare systems, long wait times, and decreased benefits from employers are creating bottlenecks in medical care providers around the globe, but in the United States, the situation is dire. Affordability for elective type procedures such as eye care, dental care and cosmetic surgeries, infertility treatments and alternative medical treatments and therapies are causing consumers especially in the United States and Canada to choose between valuable medical treatment and groceries.
The most popular trends in medical tourism today, and for which Latin American destinations are well known, include bariatric and obesity surgeries, cosmetic and plastic surgeries, stem cell therapies, alternative cancer treatments and more. Especially among elective, non-elective, complementary and alternative medicine and wellness programs, more consumers than ever before are seeking availability, affordability, shorter wait times, as well as experience for medical care and treatments in Mexico and Latin American countries, many of them the leaders in innovation for healthcare technologies, quality and experience.
Seeking the Best
Comprehensive healthcare, quality and experienced service and economics are guiding many Latinos back home for their medical care. Medical tourism is here to stay, and the growing reputation of Latin American destinations for affordable healthcare in Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are stepping up to the plate to meet those needs.
When it comes to affordable health care, Latin Americans are opting for convenience, familiarity, quality and experience. It's no wonder that thousands of Latin Americans as well as other medical travelers are finding untold benefits in venturing to Mexico and other Latin American countries to receive the best in compassionate and experienced care in highest rated world-class and high-tech facilities. Physicians and surgeons found throughout Mexico and Latin America are trained in the United States and Britain and offer the latest technologies and techniques in a multitude of healthcare fields that instill confidence in medical travelers around the globe.
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