The key to a successful medical vacation is proper planning and support. While the news media tends to offer testimonials and statements of tourists who describe their medical tourism experiences along the lines of: “I just got off the airplane and walked right into the doctor’s office for a simple outpatient procedure before heading to the beach”, the reality can be a bit different. It’s not that such an experience would be completely implausible, it’s just that it fails to mention the work and support of facilitators who ensure that all medical tourists can provide a testimonial similar to the one previously described. The Costa Rican government and the ICT (the Spanish acronym for the National Board of Tourism) want to make sure that medical tourists feel comfortable when making up their minds about traveling abroad for medical care. The information contained on these pages serves a purpose similar to what the government and the ICT wish to accomplish: to let patients know that they will be welcomed and treated with the utmost care and professionalism they deserve. Once a patient makes up his or her mind that a trip to Costa Rica is exactly what the doctor ordered, a number of steps must be performed in order to guarantee a pleasant experience.
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