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Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

A tropical paradise located south of El Salvator and boarders the pacific ocean and the Caribbean sea. With its ideal location Costa Rica has an incredible ecosystem, perpetuated by the dry season from December to April and the remaining months having the flourishing rainy weather. There is a great deal of eco conservation by Costa Ricans as a means to preserve the stunning volcano’s, rain forest, beaches and all the natural habitats of it’s occupants. Day trekking through the lush forests and witnessing butterflies, monkeys, frogs and countless other wondrous creatures is a site to behold.

Costa Ricans are generally a very warm, gregarious group of people that are predominantly well educated and gracious. A little known fact about Costa Rica is that the country has no military and therefore is able to spend a larger amount of it’s national budget on health care and education. Costa Rica has been one of the world leading destinations for medical tourism with short and direct flights from the southern US. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has three JCI accredited hospitals and is known for their high volume of dental, orthopedic and plastic surgery clients that visit Costa Rica specifically for treatment each year. Because of this high volume of clients, specialized private hospitals and recovery centers are available, providing a variety of safe, quality medical procedures.

The average temperature in Costa Rica is 22 degrees and the country is easily accessible through small hopper planes that can travel easily from coast to coast. Clients will often choose to recover from their procedures privately, by the ocean while enjoying the sun and sand. Traveling to Costa Rica for medical procedures offers clients the ability to save money and have an amazing destination in paradise at the same time.

+Pioneering techniques with state of the art technology and advanced, safe medical care.
+Stunning destinations with private aftercare. Relaxation and recuperation.
+No waiting times and substantial cost savings(40% to 80%) when compared to North America.
+Customized care with a personal touch. Helping you get your health back to where it needs to be.

Medical Tourism in Mexico

Mexico has become a mecca for health and dental tourists, with it’s close proximity to the US, desirable vacation destination and the abundance of American Accredited hospitals (JCI). With the popularization of medical tourism there has been a sharp increase in the number of JCI accredited hospitals and private hospitals. The private hospitals that are modeled after American hospitals and run by an American company. Because the hospital management, a company by the name of International Hospital Corporation is based out of Texas it often gives some medical tourism clients some comfort. The doctors and nurses we deals with through this private hospital chain all speak english and numerous other languages. The hospitals are designed specifically for international patients and offer world class amenities. Other private hospitals out of Mexico are often able to distinguish themselves by associating with hospitals in the US. For example: CIMA Monterrey is affiliated with Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas, Dallas, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Due to Mexico’s popularity as a tourist destination it is also common place for the combination of recovery and relaxation. Tourists can combine a well deserved vacation before or after their surgery. With 5 star resorts, white sand and affordable surgery prices, while being so close to the southern US border it’s easy to see why Mexico has become a medical tourism mecca.

+Pioneering techniques with state of the art technology and advanced, safe medical care.
+Stunning destinations with private aftercare. Relaxation and recuperation.
+No waiting times and substantial cost savings(40% to 80%) when compared to North America.
+Customized care with a personal touch. Helping you get your health back to where it needs to be.


Medical Tourism in India

India is one of the largest medical tourism destinations in the world. With exceptionally low treatment costs, private state of the art medical facilities and stringent quality control practices medical tourists travel from all over the world to be treated in India. In order to establish the quality of care at the private hospitals within Gateway Health International’s network quality benchmark’s are used. They are the Joint Commission International Accreditation, NABH Accreditation (National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Health Care Providers) and the NABL (National Accreditation Board of Laboratories) and ISO 9002 (National organization of Standardization)

Because private health care groups in India have specifically targeted international patients they have designed state of the art facilities with Western health care concepts in mind. Hospitals offer the most advanced medical diagnostic tools and equipment as well as provided ongoing research and educational training to their staff. Because of the low cost of living, insurance cost and general infrastructure costs treatment costs can be as low as 95% of what similar procedures costs are in the US. As with all of the destinations and medical staff within Gateway Health International’s network clients are able to review the hospitals accreditation, affiliations and the curriculum vitae of each individual doctor before deciding on a destination.

For further information please view the accreditation sites

Medical Tourism in Belgium

Belgium is a stunning, modern country that is rich with culture and European history, located in the heart of western Europe. It is known for being a founding member of the European Union and is an international political hub as it is the home of the European Union’s headquarters and NATO. Belgium is also a popular tourist destination as it is centrally located and offers access to France, Germany and England by high speed train in under an hour and a half.

Belgium is best known for its chocolates, beer and extraordinary French inspired cuisine. Whether walking through the breath taking square of La Grande Place in Brussels or shopping in the fashion district of Antwerp, there is always a soulful experience waiting for you.

The health care system is Belgium is similar to that of Canada, funded by the tax payers of Belgium who create the infrastructure of hospitals. Belgium spent an estimated 11% of their GDP on heath care in 2009. As a result, private doctors are able to provide medical care to international patients at a lower cost than in the US due to governmental funding to the hospital infrastructure, lower salaries and lower liability insurance cost requirements than in the US. The quality of care remains very high with state of the art facilities, world renowned doctors, and cutting edge research. For these reasons Belgium has a world wide reputation of having one of the best health care systems in the world, and an estimated 55,000 international patients visit Belgium for medical treatment each year. Belgium also boosts a high per capita rate of nurses, pharmacists and doctors. It is not uncommon for patients to be able to call their doctor directly on their cell phones with concerns, have no waiting lists for surgery and have exceptional postoperative care. Additionally, Belgium has one of the lowest secondary infection rates in western Europe.

Traveling to Belgium for medical treatments is unlike any other medical tourism destination, with an unequaled combination of luxury and affordability. Client’s of Gateway Health International have the ability to travel to a breathtaking locations, enjoy Michelin star restaurants, shop at exclusive stores and have private medical care while relaxing in a safe, comfortable environment that caters to you.

Flight times are 8 hours from New York and direct flights are easily accessible.

+Pioneering techniques with state of the art technology and advanced, safe medical care.
+Stunning destinations with private aftercare. Relaxation and recuperation.
+No waiting times and substantial cost savings(40% to 80%) when compared to North America.
+Customized care with a personal touch. Helping you get your health back to where it needs to be.


Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkey is know for it’s oceanic climate, as is borders the Algerian and Mediterranean sea. Turkey has a population of over 74 million people, 13 .5 million of which reside in Istanbul, the nation’s capital. All of our medical network including 2 JCI accredited hospitals, one of which is affiliated with John Hopkin’s Hospital are located in beautiful Istanbul. Istanbul is a multicultural city as is host’s one of the world’s largest water ways, Istanbul borders on the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. It is also the second largest city in Europe.

The city is rich in cultural history, it has been the capital of four different empires Constantinople, Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine. Because of it’s history the city of Istanbul is the European capital of culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with ten million tourists visiting each year and making it the world’s tenth most popular tourist destination.

The vacation possibilities are plentiful in Turkey as the Mediterranean beaches are wonderfully inviting with warm white sand and aqua blue waters. Also there are world renown local spa’s and charming cafe’s and gourmet cuisine to be enjoyed as part of your recovery and relaxation.

Medical traveller’s from around the world a commonly come to Istanbul specifically to be treated at the JCI accredited hospitals as they are known for drawing internationally skilled doctors, such as the IVF program run by one hospital that has exceptionally high success rates for IVF with an without donor eggs and is run by a Yale medical professor at 85% less than the average price in the US. Medical advances are also common place with specialized cancer treatment using Gamma Knife and Cyberknife medical robotic equipment. Affordable Medical care at American accredited facilities that utilizes advanced technologies are available as a result of a lower cost of living, lower insurance premiums on hospitals and an abundant supply of private medical facilities as Turkey is an international health care destination.

Medical Tourism in Spain

Spain is the world’s second largest tourist destination with breath taking beaches, vin yards, rich cultural ancestry, cuisine and being an affordable destination is western europe. Spain’s tourist sector constitutes 5% of it’s annual GDP as foreigners flock to Spain’s mountainous terrain with the northern sector of the country having a warm and dry Mediterranean climate. Spain is a democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy It is a developed country with the twelfth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, and has very high living standards, including the tenth-highest quality of life index rating in the world, as of 2005. It is a member of the United Nations, NATO, OEDC, and WTO.

Depending on your taste there are any number of things to do in Spain while recovering from treatment or before hand.

-Wine tours
-Cooking classes
-Relaxing beach holidays on the coast or surrounding islands
-Museums, embracing the Spain’s history as far back as the Roman Empire.
-Touring the countryside or immersing yourself in cities such as Barcelona or Madrid.

Clients chose to have their medical treatments in Spain because of the affordable prices, health care expertise and it is an amazing vacation destination. It is not uncommon for the doctors we work with in Spain to be educated in North America and all the doctors are accredited within Spain and in good standing with the Spanish governing body of health and medicine. Most clients are overwhelmed by the quality of care and advanced medical techniques available to them at affordable prices. There are many reasons why the cost of health care is lower; among them are a lower cost of living for medical staff, lower insurance premiums and a greater supply of private medical resources. Also keep in mind that medical travel insurance is available for those being treated at JCI accredited facilities.
But don’t just take our word for it, contact us and learn more about medical vacations in Spain.

Medical Tourism in Poland

Poland is a popular European medical tourism destination as it is centrally located, only a 2 hour flight from London and is a member of the European Union. The polish health care system is subsidized by Polish citizens (similar to Canada) and in addition Poland has a large infrastructure of private medical facilities, over 300,000 visitors traveled to Poland for medical procedures in 2009, a figure projected to rise by 15% per year. An array of modern hospitals and medical facilities combine with state-of-the-art technology, board-certified surgeons and health professionals throughout Poland’s health care system. All medical facilities are overseen by the Polish Ministry of Health and recognized under NATO, in accord with the European Union and the ISO. Savings on medical procedures in Poland are extremely attractive, with visitors from many Western countries able to save upwards of 50% to 60% on most general surgeries, and upwards of 70% of the savings on costs for cosmetic and plastic surgeries under their homeland healthcare systems. Poland is commonly associated with medical tourism for CCSVI for Multiple Sclerosis, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, Orthopedic surgeries and Weight loss surgeries.

Recovering in Poland is a luxurious experience as Poland is known for it’s health spa’s and recovery centers, which cater to the medical tourist while being comparably inexpensive to North America. Poland is a beautiful destination with the natural beauty of it’s rolling country side, rich history, culture and modern amenities.

Medical Tourism in Italy

Italy is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the world with amazing history, culture, architecture, customs, food…you name it. Italy has also become a popular medical tourism destination with the discovery of CCSVI or Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency a “liberation treatment” by the Italian researcher Paulo Zamboni in 2008. Since then tens of thousands of people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis have traveled in order to receive treatment. Gateway Health works with a medical team in Naples that has a full staff devoted to CCSVI research including Interventional radiologists, neurologists and psychologists with CCSVI specific equipment. The treatment protocols include an angioplasty of both Azygos and Jugular Veins only after a diagnosis made by Echo-Colour-Doppler and use the “Zamboni Method” The head of the clinic has also trained directly with Paulo Zamboni, completing an additional one year of study on CCSVI in a comprehensive one year course, taught by Paulo Zamboni. The Interventional radiologists who head the clinic also conducts his own CCSVI or Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency study, on patients that under go the treatment. For those clients looking for a exceptional team to perform CCSVI and recover in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, this is it.

Medical Tourism in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic a member of the EU and is a land locked country in central Europe. The country is bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the west, Austria to the south and Slovakia to the east. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague. Prague has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. It is the sixth-most-visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical and ultra modern. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Prague is classified as a Beta+ global city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network studies, comparable to Berlin, Rome or Houston. It’s rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually, as of 2009.

Medical tourism in Czech Republic is a relatively new phenomenon that has grown in popularity along side fertility treatments in the last 10 years. This is in part due to the availability of caucasian donor eggs at accredited facilities that are aligned with the ASRM (The American Society of the Reproductive Medicine) and the European Tissue Directive. IVF with donor eggs is substantially more affordable in the Czech Republic than in North America. Prices for IVF with a donor egg in the US are any where from $35,000 to $50,000 depending on each persons unique circumstance and medicinal needs, IVF with the purchase of a donor egg is not available in Canada. In the Czech Republic the average price is around $5,400 making it an available option for many with the inclusion of a nice vacation. Clients wishing to travel to the Czech republic for fertility treatments can also enjoy a ski vacation or combine a tour of neighboring countries.

For more information of IVF with a donor egg in the Czech Republic please click here.

Medical Tourism in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the western Caribbean Sea. As a British Crown Colony, the Cayman Islands enjoy the protection, English language, law and tradition of the British Monarchy. Grand Cayman is also the 5th largest financial center in the world (behind New York, London, Tokyo & Hong Kong). Grand Cayman’s economic vitality, high standard of living, excellent literacy rate and low crime rate are the envy of every Caribbean Country. The Islands have long been known for being a tropical paradise but the the large presence of American and other International wealthy financiers have enabled medical clinics to established themselves on the Island that are American board trained and certified physicians. Facilities are state of the art but can maintain a lower price per service than those offered by traditional American Hospitals as a result of lower operational and insurance costs. The Cayman island clinic also offers advanced care for orthopedics and neurology, specifically spinal injuries. The unique tropical background of the Cayman Islands offers a relaxing and friendly atmosphere to seek treatment while enjoying a stress free recovery while saving money. The world class snorkeling and diving make the Cayman Islands make it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.