Medical tourism and travel conferences, business summits and meetings around the world place an emphasis on the proliferation of the popularity for medical travel today. In early May 2011, the second medical travel international business summit will occur in Costa Rica, with 90% of exhibiting spaces already reserved. To date, 35 lecturers discussing health benefits, facilities, and patient-centered care have signed up, as have 8 countries, with more growing on a daily basis.
Also called the Latin American Congress, the speakers and lecturers who have signed up to present information and resources come from 20 international destinations, discussing medical tourism market opportunities, patient safety and quality, service certification, and medical tourism and medical travel promotion opportunities.
Among the attendees, representatives from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American countries will focus on developing relationships with foreign medical providers in order to give patients from around the world not only better prices, but enhanced quality of care.
Costa Rica is a leading destination for medical health tourism and is ranked fourth in the Latin American area for its health system. The U.S. is ranked 36th, which may perhaps explain why growing numbers of Americans have begun to cross borders in all directions for more affordable medical, vision and dental care and services.
Actually, Costa Rica earns approximately $60 million a year from global travelers and the country is expecting over 2 million visitors as the Baby Boomer generation comes into full swing by 2015.