Why Medical Tourism Is Surging in Colombia
Colombia is considered the prime medical tourism destination for the Caribbean and Ecuador, and the number of patients arriving from different regions including the United states and Canada besides Panama and Peru is growing every year. Colombia has now joined the ranks of Mexico, Cuba and other LatAm markets that are bringing in record numbers of medical tourists.
As per the Colombian Immigration Agency records, the number of international passengers travelling for healthcare services, has grown by 22.9% every year (6,281 tourists in 2012 to 14,339 tourists in 2016).
The cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Bucaramanga attract the largest number of international patients who are looking for quality care in healthcare services in the fields of ophthalmology, cardiology, dentistry, neurology, and oncology etc.
A report by Procolombia states that healthcare services in the country are approximately 40% cheaper than in the United States. Besides that, the geographical position of the country is an advantage with its access to a whole continent and highly trained human resources, additionally, international organizations such as Joint Commission International have certified five hospitals for their patient care standards. As per the ranking provided by América Economía, Colombia has 22 hospitals that are listed among the best hospitals in Latin America.
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