Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, quickly growing in popularity as a medical tourism destination. Costa Rica generates over $60 million annually as a major provider of excellent and affordable medical, vision, and dental care. Growing numbers of American and international patients are crossing borders and venturing to Costa Rica for their excellent patient-centered healthcare system, which currently ranks fourth in all of Latin America.

Voted as the happiest country in the world by the New Economics Foundation, the beauty of Costa Rica, its location and its friendly, knowledgeable and highly educated medical health care system are just a few of the benefits travelers visiting to this tiny yet powerful country experience.

PlacidWay, a leader in medical resources and information based in Denver, Colorado is proud to help promote the second Medical Travel International Business Summit, held in San Jose and Guanacaste, Costa Rica on May 2-4, 2011. "Costa Rica has become a favorite for medical travelers from around the world," says Pramod Goel, CEO and founder of PlacidWay. "Over 47 million Americans don't have medical insurance, and over 100 million don't have dental insurance. As of last year, nearly 6 million Americans travel to other countries, including Costa Rica, for the best in excellent services, experience, training and affordable medical, vision, and dental care services."

Costa Rica as a Medical Tourism Destination

Without a doubt, Costa Rica is known as a natural paradise, one of the most beautiful in the world. Bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the Caribbean, Costa Rica is the home of hundreds of wildlife species, ideally located between North and South America. Costa Rica is a land that takes its responsibility seriously, with nearly one-quarter of its relatively small territory protected, preserving its biodiversity as few countries do. Millions of Americans and international travelers venture to this small country every year to enjoy its wealth of biodiversity, exquisite natural environments, and of course, it's friendly and warmhearted people.

International Business Summit

The second annual Latin American Congress, Medical Travel International Business Summit to be held in early May 2011 has already filled 90% of its exhibiting spaces. Exhibitors from health insurance companies around the world as well as dozens of international and national speakers will be offering information, lectures, and tips regarding medical tourism promotion and marketing opportunities, patient safety and quality, and service certifications.

The Congress offers untold opportunities for Costa Rica health providers, as well as other Latin American facilities, hospitals, hotels and physicians for the development of new business relationships with foreign providers and buyers.

The global event is sponsored by the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine (PROMED) and the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) as well as the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER).

About the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine

The Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine, known as PROMED, is a private nonprofit organization that coordinates quality services offered by Costa Rica," says Massimo Manzi, executive director of PROMED. "We develop regulations and encourage and promote service provider certification, offering combined services for tourism service providers, health professionals, academics, and health service providers in Costa Rica."

PROMED literally acts as a coordinator between private and public health care sectors and offers the first quality guarantee seal developed by the country of Costa Rica. For more information regarding the Medical Travel International Business Summit in early May 2011, contact Massimo Manzi at PROMED (, or Pramod Goel, CEO and founder of international medical resource and provider at


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