Medical Tourism in Colombia
Affordable medical treatment, delicate procedures and cosmetic surgery is virtually nonexistent in the U.S, Australia and most European countries and the everyone knows it. Options as far as having different surgeries and procedures done in these places are limited and prices are through the roof. This has led to thousands searching for more affordable alternatives in other countries without jeopardizing quality.
Colombia, currently on the map due to its rapidly growing economy, increased business opportunities and leisure travel can now add one more category to its already growing list of reasons to visit, medical tourism.
Medical Tourism in Colombia
According to ProColombia (a national entity that promotes tourism, foreign investment and non-traditional exports), medical tourism in Colombia is encouraged by affordable and high-quality procedures in the areas of reproduction, oncology, urology, cardiology, dental care, physical rehabilitation and wellness services.
From plastic surgery to dental care and even cardiovascular surgery, Colombia is frequented by thousands of tourists each year. In fact, last year alone, over 10,423 people visited the country from countries such as Panama (625), Ecuador (628), Venezuela (860), The United States (1159) and The Netherlands (4492).
The two major Colombian cities (Bogota and Medellín) have a specific type of service they specialize in. Bogota for instance is known for their work in the field of cardiology, Medellín is known for affordable Lasik surgery, dental care and cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery in Medellín
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A heart bypass surgery in the U.S costs $80,000 while in Colombia, the cost for the same surgery is $30,000. Knee replacement surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA can run you anywhere between $35,000 – $45,000 while in Colombia that price is reduced to $15,000. A significant amount saved and with the only sacrifice being a 6 hour flight, why not consider giving Colombia a second glance?
When did this first start?
Colombia has always offered high-quality medical services at affordable prices to everyone but due to an infamous history, the country was never given a second look. However, since 2013, the dollar has been on the rise, Colombia is undergoing peace talks and Medellín’s “Most Innovative City” accolade has managed to convince foreigners that this country’s health services can’t be overlooked.
International patients aren’t treated any differently but you can expect to save a substantial amount of money and don’t worry about subpar facilities because the “you get what you pay for” aphorism doesn’t apply here.
Future of Medical Tourism in Colombia
Self-pay patients applaud Colombia’s enticing health care facilities and extremely low prices for a wide-array of services otherwise not affordable in their native countries. Colombia’s welcoming people, perfect weather and beautiful scenery also provide these visitors with a chance to feel at peace during a possible arduous convalescence.
Patients also soon discover how at home they can really feel in this country and this has led to a growing number of Americans that make Colombia the country where they retire. With Panama getting over-flooded with expats and affordable living costs in major Colombian cities like Medellín, more and more people are visiting and staying. This has caused Colombia to up the ante when it comes to improving its hospitals and health care infrastructure with the end goal being making Colombia one of the world’s top providers of high-quality, affordable health services.
To learn more about Medical Tourism in Colombia or to speak to one of our reps about a possible trip to Colombia for Medical Tourism, be sure to contact us today.