Medical and dental tourism changed in Costa Rica, in the past, wealthy Costa Ricans traveled to the United States to receive superior medical care and procedures. However, recently, the roles have been reversed, patients from Canada and the United States are coming to Costa Rica, not only because of the incredible biodiversity but because of the high-quality dental care at a lower cost and with shorter waiting periods.
Costa Rica has many well-trained doctors in various specialties, many who were trained in institutions in the United States, speak excellent English, and perform procedures in high-quality hospitals and facilities. In fact, a lot of the equipment is imported from the US. as are many of the dental supplies.
These procedures, however, are much less expensive in Costa Rica, even when airfare, hotel, and other travel expenses are included. Canada has been waiting for medical procedures for a long time, and many people are without insurance in the US, making costs much higher.
The change began in the late 1980s when U.S. citizens began traveling primarily for dental work since many procedures are not covered by insurance. In Costa Rica, the vast majority of procedures are done in San José, with the best-equipped hospitals, such as Cima, Católica, and Bíblica, some of which are managed by the US companies.
Almost half of the medical tourists come for dental work, with crowns, dental implants, veneers, and bridges that are a fraction of the cost. Gastric shunts, reconstructive, and plastic surgery such as tummy tucks, breast implants, hip/knee replacements are also performed in Costa Rica.
Chances are, that if you live in the United States and you are reading this, you already know how expensive dental treatments are. You may or may not have insurance, either way, treatments all over the US are just too expensive, and this doesn´t necessarily mean they are top-notch. This is one of the main reasons dental tourism has raised and thrive so much over the past few years.
Some countries over the world have achieved an outstanding level of specialization in complex dental treatments and thanks to several reasons they are able to oﬀer premium dental treatments at aﬀordable prices.
Costa Rica is one of the top countries in the world as a dental tourism destination, known not only for its natural beauties and aﬀordable prices but also for having some of the most talented and well-prepared dentists in Latin America.
In and Out in less than a week!
Thanks to some serious advances in technology nowadays patients can go through complete treatments in less than a week. Surgical guides enable the doctor to operate with millimetric precision and reduce swelling and therefore recovery time to a minimum.
If you add this to the fact that there are more than 15 states in the USA with direct ﬂights to Costa Rica, you can receive dental treatment and be back home in less than a week.
This is not only great news because we all got things to do in our daily lives and it is tough to set them aside for a couple of weeks to do anything. It is also great because this way you are able to save money on transportation, tickets, accommodation, and food.
Most direct ﬂights from the U.S range from $250 up to $700 depending on the season, and won´t take more than a couple of hours the closest one (probably Miami).
We are not going to lie, we are a great deal for our patient´s comfort. So everyone in the clinic is ﬂuent in at least two languages. But there are some places around the world were dental tourism has begun to ﬂower were the patient feels comfortable in the clinic because everyone speaks English, but in the dinner, hotel or city in general not so much. Luckily for us and for you, this is not a problem in Costa Rica.
English is a second language in Costa Rica, and most “Ticos” are quite ﬂuent and comfortable speaking it, so whether you are in the clinic or enjoying a getaway to the beach before your treatment you´ll have no problem whatsoever with this matter.
Costa Rica is quite aﬀordable. From the ticket to the accommodations and treatment you may be able to save more up to 30% or even 50% of the cost back in the states. Lots of people love this not only because they are saving money, and that is great! But also because it enables them to plan other things, a quick trip to the beach, some days of traveling and getting to know another country, and still saving money.
It is important to point out that we do not cut back in materials, we use top-notch implants, equipment, and facilities. On the other hand, as we stated before, we are a big deal about our patients and have designed special packages that include everything from airport transportation to accommodations and the treatment. Check out our All On 4 Special Price.
Well, some of our patients take advantage of the trip to visit some of the natural beauties Costa Rica has to oﬀer. And sincerely, we don´t blame them. Costa Rica has both, mountains and beaches a couple of hours away from the capital, San José.
So it is a great plan to seize the opportunity and travel. We recommend you to visit some places, and also have a small list of activities you can do pretty much anywhere in Costa Rica and are quite memorable and fun. If by the end of this article you still have any doubts or concerns we want to hear about them, so please don´t hesitate to contact us. Our expert team is always willing to help you with any hesitations you might have and oﬀer you proper advice.