restricted access Do You Know the Way to San Jose? Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

In the face of rapidly rising health care costs and a large uninsured or underinsured population, the number of U.S. medical tourists seeking assistance abroad has grown. A relative newcomer to this field, Costa Rica offers a number of unique advantages that have positioned it advantageously to cater to Americans. This paper explores the rise of the country's medical tourism sector, the cost differentials between services performed there and in the U.S., and factors that shape the supply of medical services, including medical accreditation and aftercare facilities. In doing so, it addresses the local implications of the globalization of health care, particularly as it concerns the troubled U.S. health care system.