Colombia is one of the most visited South American countries in the recent times, especially since there has been a stark reduction in the internal conflicts that had been a discouraging factor for tourism in this amazing beautiful country that boasts of rich biodiversity and unique ecologies. Tourists from places like the USA, Canada, Europe and other Latin American countries throng the country to enjoy the exotic landscapes, variation in climate, its rich history and culture, and its festivals.
Colombia has one of the best medical infrastructures and services in Latin America according to ‘America Economia’, an established economic journal. The country has more than 50 medical and healthcare providers, with some like Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, even having the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Places like Bogota, Mendellin and Cartagena are fast becoming medical and healthcare hubs in the country. Key strengths of Colombia for medical tourism
- Strategic location that makes it close to the USA, Canada, European countries and other Latin American countries
- Qualified doctors with specializations and international experience
- Setting up of medical infrastructure, including five star facilities and state of the art equipment with public and private investments
- Tropical climate suitable for recuperation and wellness treatmentsWhy should you consider Colombia for your healthcare needs?
Medical tourism in the Latin American countries functions in a highly competitive atmosphere with countries like Brazil and Costa Rica claiming their spots as popular medical tourism destinations. Colombia, in the recent years, has carved its own special place in this dynamic microcosm and is definitely worth a consideration due to the following reasons:
1. Affordable health and medical care
High quality and specialized medical and healthcare services and procedures are available for almost half or one thirds of the costs that are incurred for the same procedures in the USA, Canada and European countries. This most of the times also include the cost of traveling, accommodation and food in Colombia.
2. Easy accessibility through strategic location
Colombia is located in northwestern South America and is just a few hours away from USA and Canada by air. These places are also the primary markets for medical tourism in the country. There are many flights that provide daily services to the international airports of the country.
3. High quality and specialized medical services
Colombia has established its name as an excellent and specialized provider of medical services and procedures in the fields of dental treatment, cosmetic procedures, cardiology, ophthalmology, organ transplants, gynecology, fertility treatments and ENT.
4. Qualified doctors with international experiences
Most of medical professionals have completed their specializations at international destinations like the USA and Britain. Their skills set and knowledge is at par with the international standards, while they are also abreast with the latest developments and treatments available in the industry.
5. Hospitals with international accreditation
The Colombian government is focusing on the expansion of the medical tourism industry in the country and is looking at establishing quality hospitals and clinics that provide standardized and safe medical treatments and services and consequently, is in the midst of getting the JCI accreditation for 12 other medical institutes in the country. For example, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia, and Fundacion Cardioinfantil are the medical institutes in Colombia that are accredited by the Joint Commission International.
6. No waiting time
Medical tourists have the option of receiving immediate, non-emergency care in Colombia to improve their quality of life, instead of waiting for months to receive the same treatments in some countries. The fringe benefit of enjoying an exotic vacation in the country makes this option even more appealing.
7. Climate suitable for recuperation
Colombia is an equatorial country that experiences warm, sunny and pleasant climate throughout the year with the temperature ranging from 45°F to 67°F This kind of a climate is ideal for recuperation after surgeries, especially for older people.
8. Excellent infrastructure supporting medical and healthcare
Colombia has the distinction of playing an important role in the development of crucial medical aids such as pacemakers, transplant surgeries, and laparoscopic surgeries. Medical procedures and services are performed with state of the art equipment and the most technologically advanced equipment. Some hospitals, catering to medical tourists even offers five-star facilities.
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