Thursday, April 25, 2013

A New Era in Medical Travel Begins in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica

The U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is poised to become a major player in the global medical travel market as the International Medical Tourism Center expands from Costa Rica.

(Business Wire The International Medical Tourism Center (IMTC) is now offering its services on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico as part of its expansion from Costa Rica.
IMTC ( is the evolution of the company formerly known as Medical Tours Costa Rica, which has offered medical and dental travel services in that Central American nation for almost a decade and is now bringing its experience to Puerto Rico, where U.S. citizens can travel without a passport.
Puerto Rico has unique qualities to become an attractive destination for Americans, particularly U.S. and Canadian citizens, and for companies looking for high quality healthcare at an affordable cost.
The global market for medical tourism is expected to reach $100 billion in 2013, and in Costa Rica, where IMTC already has a strong presence, the medical tourism industry has grown to nearly $300 million.
“Puerto Rico is the ideal destination for the U.S. market because of its proximity and easy access from many of the major cities, the fact that no passport is required and the healthcare system is required to follow the same standards as in the mainland U.S., but with costs that can be 30% to 70% lower for the patient,” said Bill Cook, partner in the IMTC.

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