Costa Rica: The Best Option For Dental Tourism Post Covid-19

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The main factor that motivates people around the world to seek dental care in Costa Rica is the high cost of medical care in Europe and the United States. Costa Rica as a destination country for dental tourism offers procedural costs at a third of the total price in the aforementioned countries. This translates into great savings for the person who needs dental services.

In Costa Rica a patient can save up to 70 percent of medical costs compared to prices in the United States.

The high cost of private health insurance that includes dental treatments in Europe and in the United States makes many people choose not to have any medical plan. A person who is not covered by private health insurance prefers to seek treatment in another country. As a result, dental tourism has gained rapid acceptance and popularity in a short period of time. However, for those who do have insurance, many companies can reimburse them for their expenses.

Costa Rica is popular for procedures like cosmetic surgeries, weight loss surgeries, and dental surgeries. Dental professionals in the medical tourism industry in Costa Rica offer cosmetic dental procedures, restorative procedures and general treatments which are often accompanied by the vacation experience.

Medical success is structural:

Costa Rica's hospitals and clinics are modern, they have all kinds of technological equipment. Dentists have studied and have been trained in different hospitals in the United States and Europe. Not only is the proximity to the United States and Europe a success factor but also the quality of the services and the good prices offered.

We can add that Costa Rica has been identified as one of the countries that best faced the Covid-19 pandemic. So far there have been eleven deaths and at least 761 people infected. It is a success compared to Mexico, which exceeded 110,000 infections and 13,000 deaths from Covid-19 on June 6, with a case fatality rate of 9.1%, while Costa Rica's case fatality rate is 0.9%, and Panama's is at 2.9%.

Various organizations and countries have identified Costa Rica as one of the countries that has best responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some claim that their health system is one of the best in the region. 

Likewise, its water system has been highlighted, as it has a reach that supplies nearly 100 percent of households. Having water to wash and disinfect is very important to fight the virus, according to specialists.

"Costa Rica has one of the best or the best health system in the region because it invests more than 9% of annual GDP to improve the health system, which works in a very articulated way."

Medical care is also provided to both migrants and tourists. "In the face of the pandemic, 80% of the cases were received and attended in doctor's offices, in such a way that not too many people arrive seriously ill at a hospital, since they were attended quickly."

Although a mandatory quarantine was not implemented, the population remained in isolation on a voluntary basis. It is expected that in a few weeks the presence of Covid-19 will be further decreased in Costa Rica. Internationally, some countries have entered the "new normal" after quarantine.

The airlines are already preparing for the day after.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which groups companies in the sector around the world, published a list of new protocols and security measures for the resumption of passenger air travel amid the crisis due to the pandemic of the coronavirus.

The association explained that the measures seek to build confidence in governments to allow the opening of borders to air travel and also in passengers who want to fly again.

The association endorsed two measures that could contribute to a change in biosecurity measures and improvement in air travel. On the one hand, carrying out Covid-19 tests (when they are scalable and provide reliable and fast results) at the beginning of the travel process. And on the other hand, the development of so-called "immunity passports", which make it possible to differentiate travelers without risk, when they are endorsed by the scientific community and recognized by governments.

For the association, which groups airlines around the world, quarantine measures at destinations can be replaced by a combination of temperature control and contact tracking. "Temperature control reduces the risk of symptomatic passengers traveling. For their part, affidavits of health and follow-up of contacts after arrival reduce the risk of importing the virus and the development of transmission chains," they explained.

Meanwhile, they considered that social distancing on board (leaving the middle seat free) can be replaced by the use of face shields for all passengers. The airlines ensure that the cabin characteristics themselves reduce the risk of transmission, as passengers sit facing the front and ventilation systems clean and renew the air.

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