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Costa Rica receives 36,000 medical tourists a year. Most foreign patients are women over 50 who require dental treatment

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

\ Medical tourism is a rapidly growing sector in Costa Rica, with some 36,000 people coming to country each year in search of an aesthetic touch-up or treatment for an illness or disease.\ \ The sector generates some $288 million in revenue annually, representing 1.23 percent of gross domestic product.\ \ Cristian Rivera, a plastic surgeon and adviser Costa Rican Tourism Institute, said that most of the foreign patients are women over 50 seeking dental services.\ \ Original source: Inside Costa Rica\ \ \ \