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Are Costa Rica Medical Procedures Truly Cost Effective?

Medical Tourism Costa RicaWhilst Costa Rica is renowned for the medical and dental procedures that are much less expensive when compared to North American alternatives, a question is raised about the total cost when post operative requirements are factored into the equation.

For instance, Mahir Mostic a 35-year-old Canadian man who underwent liberation therapy in Costa Rica, a recently developed procedure to treat multiple sclerosis, died from complications from the procedure and Canadian hospitals reportedly denied him follow-up care prior to his death. This procedure has been unavailable in Canada where patients receive angioplasty inserting surgical balloons into veins to widen them and increase the flow of blood from the brain and spinal cord. If post operative care is either not available, or not covered by insurance for travelers obtaining medical procedures in Costa rica, what is the true cost of Costa Rican medical procedures?

The Canadian experience is expected to change though, as Ontario’s minister of health, Deb Matthews, has recently set up a panel of doctors to provide follow-up care for patients that received liberation therapy in Costa Rica and other clinics outside Canada. This is in part after a CBC news story “Lack of followup deplored after MS death” at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2010/11/19/multiple-sclerosis-mostic-death-ccsvi.html

Lessons to be learned from Mr. Mostic’s death are that the initial cost and benefits to be derived from medical tourism should be juxtaposed against the total costs of the possibility of subsequent treatment requirements. Checking to see whether post operative care is covered by your medical insurance or state funded medical coverages is therefore a preventative step that should be taken by those considering meditourism procedures.

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