Medical Travel Show

Costa Rica, a leading dental tourism destination, has been working since 2004 to obtain this title. The Costa Rican Minister of Competitiveness, with the help of Massimo Manzi, has been exploring, studying, and strengthening the dental and medical tourism industry in Costa Rica.


In this interview, Manzi, the Executive Director of the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine, also known as PROMED, discusses the recipe for success in the medical and dental tourism industry.


Mr. Manzi credits the investment Costa Rica has made in health education over the past 50-years. The country has an abundance of doctors and dentists, with 80% of specialists that have studied outside of Costa Rica.


PROMED ensures that international patients in Costa Rica receive consistent, high-quality medical and dental care. It provides other services such as hotels, medical transportation, recovery retreats, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, tour operators, law firms, healthcare marketing agencies, and healthcare consultants. PROMED also promotes Costa Rica as a leader in medical tourism, healthcare and wellness travel.


The beautiful and convenient location of the small country has been an advantage for attracting medical travelers. Costa Rica is a famous tourist destination with direct flights from a large number of major US cities. Massimo says, “People are comfortable with the idea of traveling to Costa Rica…The fact that [they] have been to Costa Rica before for tourism [means] the idea of coming here for [health] care is not a big change.”


Listen to this interview with Massimo Manzi to hear more about the mix of ingredients that has built Costa Rica into the thriving medical and dental tourism destination it is today.

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Elizabeth Ziemba

President at Medical Tourism Training
With a diverse background in public health, law and business, Elizabeth brings a unique set of skills and experience to Medical Tourism Training with services including assessment tools, online and onsite training, workshops, and consulting services for governments, providers, facilitators, associations and others involved in medical travel.