New Latin American Medical Tourism Federation

Professional associations from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Guatemala founded the Latin American Federation of Professional Health Chambers and Associations (Latam-Salud), to promote medical and health tourism, in the hope that other countries in the region will join them.

The objective of Latam-Salud is to promote joint initiatives and create a space for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and the search for solutions to regional problems facing the health sector in Latin America.

Among the objectives of Latam-Salud are:

  • Provide solutions to problems through the transfer of information between countries.
  • Encourage innovation, quality and safety in health systems.
  • Create collaborative alliances for the development and strengthening of medical tourism in Latin America.

the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (ANDI) is a non-profit association bringing together 30 sectoral sub-groups. The Sectoral Chamber of Health of Colombia was created in 2000 in Bogota to represent the interests of private health care providers in the country. It is made up of 30 private clinics and hospitals of varying levels of complexity, clinical laboratories, outpatient and home care, diagnostic imaging centers and others.

the Dominican Health Tourism Association (ADTS) is a non-profit organization that promotes the Dominican Republic as a medical tourism destination. It aims to inform, evaluate, support and connect the national and foreign public to health and wellness services in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2013, it has 12 members – including hospitals, clinics, dental clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics and fertility clinics. It aims to position the Dominican Republic as a leader in health and wellness services in Latin America and the Caribbean.

the Camara Costarricense de la Salud (CCS) is the Costa Rican Chamber of Health. The group has 95 members which include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, clinics, professionals, universities, personal insurance companies, health cooperatives, medical tourism companies, pharmacies, research centers, representatives of the medical industry, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, as well as wellness and retirement. organizations and businesses. It took over the existing PROMED organization in 2017. A non-profit organization for the private healthcare sector in Costa Rica, it aims to ensure that international patients visiting Costa Rica receive consistent, high-quality medical and dental services. quality from its members, and to consolidate and promote Costa Rica as a leader in medical tourism, health care and wellness travel.

the Association of Guatemalan Exporters (AGEXPORT) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1982 with the aim of promoting and developing exports of goods and services in Guatemala. It brings together and represents small, medium and large exporting entrepreneurs in Guatemala, in order to support them with services and public policies that help them position themselves and remain in the global market. Within AGEXPORT’s service sector, there are four sub-sectors, one of which is health and wellness tourism.

In the first half of 2021, Guatemala generated $25 million in revenue from health and wellness services, despite numerous travel restrictions. The sector showed year-over-year growth of 71% compared to the same period in 2020. Health and wellness travelers come from the United States, Canada, southern Mexico and other countries. ‘Central America. The portfolio of health services offered in the country is divided into 40% dentistry, 16% preventive medicine, 10% orthopedics, 8% bariatrics, 7% cardiology, 2% ophthalmology and 6% plastics and aesthetics.

The new LatAm association claims that around the world, around 25 million people travel each year in search of health services, spending on average between 7,000 and 15,000 US dollars per trip (six times more than a conventional tourist), which generates new sources of employment for both companies that offer health services and companies that offer complementary services to the sector (hotels, airlines, travel agencies, tour operators, transport companies, restaurants, shops of crafts, leisure centers and spas).

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