In a recently published story, the government of Panama is now offering medical insurance for all tourists to Panama for free. This insurance is not ‘Complication Insurance’ which is offered by private surgeons in Colombia and other countries for patients traveling specifically for medical tourism. Complication insurance covers all possible medical complications resulting from medical procedures at the designated clinic or destination..
No – Panama is taking the European and socialized medicine approach and is offering general medical coverage for ALL short-term travelers to Panama. (The long-term exclusion is a wise move given the numbers of Americans and other overseas residents who make Panama their retirement home.) This insurance resembles typical travel policies in that it covers injuries, accidents and other medical situations that may occur while on vacation.. I just hope the Panamanian government hasn’t underestimated its tourists and their injury/ illness potential.
Now readers – don’t get any wild ideas.. This is not the time to stress that ‘trick knee’ while hiking to visit the Naso-Teribes..
Meanwhile, Costa Rica is making a pitch for more corporate clients such as Pepsi-Cola. These multi-national corporations can potentially bring hundreds of millions of healthcare dollars by diverting their employees to medical tourism destination such as Costa Rica. (Like Colombia – Costa Rica is an ideal destination for North Americans due to proximity, quality and diversity of services available.)