Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has become one of the top tourist destinations in the western hemisphere in recent years and has a well deserved reputation as a peaceful and beautiful country. Overall when one looks closely at the facts of the country one begins to realize and appreciate what a truly unique country it is.
Did You Know?
- Costa Rica is one of the only countries in the world without a free standing army. Costa Rica made a decision many years ago to be a peaceful nation. Monies that would otherwise have been used to support an army instead are geared towards education and the environment.
- Costa Rica has the second longest lived people in the world boasting close to the highest number of centenarians in the world.
- Costa Rica became the third most popular destination for North Americans seeking medical tourism procedures.
- After travel patients often save as much as 70% off the price of care in the United States including travel costs.
Why Are Costs So Low in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica patients can save almost 70% for the costs of most procedures of the same quality mainly because of the difference in how Costa Rica treats malpractice. In the United States the propensity to sue for the slightest misfortune with the hope of high monetary rewards has become the norm. Costs have skyrocketed due to the tort system especially in the United States. Ultimately these costs are passed on to the consumer trough high fees by the care givers. In order for the average doctor to protect themselves from these types of lawsuits they must pay exorbitant fees for malpractice insurance. An obstetrician in Florida for example must pay two hundred thousand per year in insurance before taking a dime for themselves. These costs are of course passed on to the patient in an ever upward spiraling cost structure epitomized by the United states.
Not So in Costa Rica!
In Costa Rica there are no big payoffs and very few people sue for malpractice. The Costa Rican court system holds proving malpractice to a much higher standard than the U.S. because in Costa Rica malpractice is a crime punishable by a prison sentence. This type legal structure is a great disincentive both for malpractice, and absurd claims of damages that have destroyed the sense of balance in the US system.