Costa Rica Services Summit Coverage
When Hernan Campos decided to trim a good bit of fat off his shoulders, belly and other pats of his body, he knew exactly who to turn to. (BTW, I checked with Hernan and he gave me full permission to share his story.) Hernan shed about 35 pounds in one treatment, provided by Costa Rica Medical, a San Jose-based, medical services organization that provides a wide range of cosmetic surgery and other popular procedures not generally covered by US insurance carriers. Hernan underwent a new, more advanced procedure called Vibroliposuction, a treatment that has not been approved yet by the FDA for usage in the United States.
Read more to find out how things went… .
Hernan said he was exhausted for several days after the surgery. (In fact, the concept of “medical tourism” is probably a misnomer. Most people coming to Costa Rica for surgery or other procedures are not exactly ready to spring off the operating table to check out one of the 26 micro-climates around the country or hike up to view stunning volcanoes.) Hernan admits he was anxious about the procedure but had developed significant trust in the 40-plus doctors that comprise the medical practice. Hernan credits his speedy recovery and overall success to the procedure itself – which is distinct from ordinary liposuction – because it produces less trauma to the body. The price tag? About $3,000. That’s about 10K less than ordinary liposuction in the states. (Breast enhancement goes for under $4,000 – compared to an average of $12,000 in the US.)
About 10,000 people came to Costa Rica last year to received medical treatment. Costa Rica Medical treated about 700 of those people. More than 95% of the patients come from the United States. “In the past, over 90% of people from the US coming here were interested in cosmetic surgery. Now about 50% ask about cosmetic surgery, but the rest are seeking other treatments. Americans are very serious about costs – and they require important procedures like Orthopedic surgery. These people are investigating quality and they are investigating costs.”
If you’re researching the Nearshore market for medical services, a good place to start is to review the JCI (Joint Commision International) accredited organizations based here. Two major hospitals in Costa Rica have received JCI accreditation and a third is soon to receive it.
In Hernan’s case, he knew personally he was in good hands.