The Republic of Colombia is a sovereign state in the northwestern part of South America that has access to both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Colombia borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. This country has a huge diversity of nature – snow-capped Andean peaks, the Amazon forest, the Caribbean and Pacific coast, and the desert area of Guayahira.
Thanks to its stunning nature, Colombia is one of the world leaders in ecotourism, and is also one of the four leading countries in environmental diversity in the UNEP program.
The Colombian government has long been working on measures to promote medical tourism in the country, investing heavily in improving medical infrastructure and helping leading hospitals gain international accreditation.
Among the most popular medical destinations in Colombia:
- Plastic surgery.
- Infertility treatment.
- Treatment of addiction.
- Organ transplantation.
- Stem cell therapy.
In this case, any treatment in Colombia can be obtained for a sum 1.5-3 times less than in America, Canada and Great Britain.
In terms of quality, treatment in this country is as good as most other popular medical tourism destinations, such as Brazil or Mexico.
The capital of Colombia, Bogota, is the center of the best hospitals in the country. Medicine is on a high level in major cities – Medellin, Cartagena, Cali.
For example, JCI accredited modern Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul is located in Medellin, near the international airport, and offers a wide range of medical services – from cosmetic surgery to organ transplantation.
However, it is not recommended to look for a cheaper hospital in the Colombian province, because there may be problems with infrastructure, modern equipment, hospital standards, and good specialists. All the technical and human resources potential of local medicine is, we can say, concentrated in several major Colombian cities.
Colombia is one of the most visited countries in South America, especially after the end of internal conflicts that used to scare tourists away from this stunning country. Tourists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America come here to enjoy the exotic landscapes and explore the rich history and culture, and take part in famous festivals.
According to the regional economic magazine America Economia, Colombia has one of the most developed medical infrastructures in Latin America. There are more than 50 companies-providers of medical services in the country, and a number of large hospitals are certified by Joint Commission International (JCI).
The benefits of medical tourism in Colombia:
- Strategic location – convenient flight from the USA, Canada and European Union countries.
- Qualified doctors, including those with degrees from Western universities, are available.
- Excellent accommodation conditions and developed infrastructure in major cities.
- The tropical climate is good for recovery after some diseases.
- Moderate pricing policy, allowing a lot of savings compared to Western clinics.