Medical tourism in Romania:
Westerners are ready to go to the other end of the earth, Thailand or Mexico to eliminate their first wrinkles and regain flexibility and radiance of their skin. But, after only two or three hour flight, they can meet in Romania very good professional cosmetic surgery, with the latest technology. More foreigners, men and women, came to Romania for medical reasons and more than half of them have undergone cosmetic surgery, according to the Romanian Ministry of Health. With a better promotion abroad, Romania could become one of the leading medical tourism destinations in Europe.
Medical tourism in Nicaragua:
Medical tourism occurs when a person leaves his country of residence and travels to another exclusively for some health treatment performed. In Nicaragua the tourism industry has taken a long time to develop, comparatively to countries such as Panama, Costa Rica and even with El Salvador and Honduras in terms of revenue. Personal travel in search of medical treatment and solutions for health problems are as old as medicine. Throughout the years and for obvious reasons, the best doctors and hospitals equipped with technology are concentrated in developed countries. During decades was normal for a person of Latin America to look for their ailments at major medical centers in the United States.
In Central America, Costa Rica and Panama lead the medical tourism industry, attracting American and Canadian patients and providing treatment and procedures at a fraction of the cost of the country of origin of the patients. Only Costa Rica reach more than 100,000 tourists a year (patients and companions) in search of treatment and prevention, leaving more than 300 million in its economy. In El Salvador, the private sector and the government are prioritizing medical tourism based on the more than 6 million Salvadorans living in the United States.
In Nicaragua, many doctors are already developing their own medical tourism businesses, and it is not uncommon to see that for many specialists more than 60% of their patients come from abroad.
However, the growth of this medical tourism business in Nicaragua has limitations, imposed by the need for administrative, control, promotion and operational capabilities that surpass medical professionals.
The low cost medical treatments favors the medical travel activity taking place in the country, and it is estimated to be three times lower than in the United States. The biggest attraction of foreigners to get a treatment done in Nicaragua is the low cost of medical services. Dental implants and endodontics are the areas of greatest demand in this country.
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