Costa Rica: A premier medical travel destination


The steady and significant rise in dental care costs seen over the past few years in the United States, together with other factors such as limited dental insurance coverage, lack of dental insurance or interest in dental procedures that are considered cosmetic and therefore usually not covered by insurance, are some of the reasons why each year more and more Americans are choosing to travel abroad for dental care.

Long known as a top eco-tourism destination because of its stunning beaches, lush mountains, dense rainforests, magnificent volcanoes and rich wildlife, Costa Rica has also become one of the premier medical travel destinations in the world. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, about 14% of all visitors travel to the country to receive medical care, especially dental work and plastic surgery.

Price considerations are a major factor behind this growing trend of dental tourism to Costa Rica, with the cost of procedures such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers and root canals being significantly lower than in the United States. Even when travelers combine their treatment with recreation and take advantage of their stay to enjoy some regular tourist activities, in most cases the price for the whole dental tourism package, including airfare, will still be lower than that of the procedure alone back home.

But while affordability is certainly a key aspect, what makes Costa Rica stand out among other countries is the availability of first-class facilities and highly-qualified dentists, many of whom have received training abroad in top schools in the United States and South America and are versed in the latest techniques and materials, adhering to the highest quality standards and using state-of-the-art equipment.

Costa Rica's proximity to the US, favorable exchange rate, the friendliness of its people and tropical climate are a few of the advantages this Central American paradise presents to its visitors. Add to these the availability of highly trained and qualified dentists, top-notch facilities outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, and one of the most stable and robust democracies in Latin America; and it's easy to see why having dental work in Costa Rica is a smart, safe and convenient alternative for the medical traveler.