According to the World Health Organization, Colombia has the best healthcare system in South America. Additionally, the Colombia Immigration Agency records state the number of medical tourists getting treatment in Colombia increases by 22.9% annually.
This article explores the reasons for Colombia’s health tourism growth and reviews its latest trends.
Attracting Foreign Patients
Colombia attracts medical travelers from the United States, Canada, the Dutch Caribbean islands (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten), Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama, as well as others. Research shows that people from the United States can save well over 50% by traveling to Colombia for healthcare treatment. For example, a Tummy Tuck costs around $8,000 in the United States, while it costs about $3,500 in Colombia.
Colombia’s Healthcare System
Colombia’s healthcare system offers high-quality medical services despite its considerably low cost. Its quality health services are why 5 of Colombia’s hospitals have obtained the JCI accreditation (the United States’ largest accreditor for healthcare organizations), and the America Economia 2019 report ranks 22 hospitals in Colombia among the best hospitals in Latin America.
The Dental Tourism Market in Colombia
The dental tourism market in Colombia has been thriving for many years. The country is known for offering low-cost, high-quality dental care. The prices are incredibly affordable compared to countries like the United States. For example, root canal treatment ranges between $110- $200 in Colombia and costs around $1,000 – $2 000 in the United States. Also, other treatments like porcelain crowns for implants cost $490 in Colombia but $1495 in the United States.
Plastic Surgery and Medical Tourism in Colombia
Liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, butt and breast augmentation, and other cosmetic procedures are highly sought after by many medical tourists. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranks Colombia seventh in providing quality health care worldwide. Additionally, Colombia’s plastic surgery statistics show that patients travel from 34 countries across 6 continents to receive plastic surgery in Colombia.
Health Tourism Statistics in Colombia
Below are the latest trends in the Colombia health tourism market:
- Medellin and Bogota attract the highest number of medical tourists in Colombia.
- The government allocates 7.3% of its GDP and 13.9% of its public spending to Colombia’s health tourism sector.
- It’s estimated that around 30,000 medical travelers visit Colombia each year.
Becoming A Medical Tourism Facilitator
Colombia’s medical tourism market is experiencing remarkable attention from patients worldwide, creating the perfect opportunity to establish a successful medical tourism agency.
The first step to launching an agency is to enroll in a certification program, which will show you how to build an efficient company from the ground up. Follow this link to find out more about obtaining an industry certification.
Reach Your Full Potential in Medical Tourism with MTB
At MTB, we are dedicated to supporting professionals and organizations in the medical tourism industry as they strive for success. As a leading provider of certification, contracts, marketing, and support, we offer comprehensive programs, expert guidance, and valuable resources that are designed to help our members achieve their goals and reach their full potential in the global healthcare market. With a focus on excellence and innovation, we help our members stay ahead of the competition and navigate the complex and dynamic world of medical tourism.
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