With medical tourism on the steep rise in all sectors of the world, if you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, you might want to take advantage of the healthcare system here. Many people travel to Costa Rica from the north as it is also an excellent target country for low cost healthcare. Here are some comparisons you might want to consider in choosing one country over the other.
Costa Rica has excellent healthcare
By almost any standard, Costa Rica has some of the best healthcare in Latin America. There are two systems, both of which expats can access: the government-run universal healthcare system, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, known as Caja, and the private system. Both health systems are constantly being upgraded—new hospitals, new equipment, and improvements in staff training.
Despite the advancements, costs are low in comparison to those in the U.S. and even some European countries. Healthcare costs are about a third to a fifth of what you’d pay in the U.S., depending on the treatment. Many doctors, especially in private practice, speak English and have received training in Europe, Canada, or the U.S. Drugs are also much less expensive. The same can be said of dental doctors, like clinics as such as http://dentalinstitutecr.com
Private healthcare is also available, which is affordable and high quality. There are three large, private hospitals that most expatriates use: CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clínica Bíblica in San José, and Hospital La Católica in San José-Guadalupe. All these facilities are in and around the capital of the country, San José.
In addition to excellent “normal” healthcare, Costa Rica also offers a number of anti-aging clinics with medicines like HGH which in the US cannot be prescribed for anti-aging purposes. Also, alternative, experimental, treatments are available with stem cells – http://stemcellstransplantinstitute.com whereas in the US, virtually noting is approved by the FDA. Also, non-standard drug treatment can be obtained in Costa Rica using ibogaine, which in the US is classified as an addictive substance, although other countries do not consider it addictive and recognize its addiction breaking habits. For more information about ibogaine treatment, see http://envisionrecovery.com