VanityBA: Argentina Medical Tourism Attracting More Foreigners

Plastic Surgery in Argentina

Nip y Tuck: Argentina medical tourists come from the US, Canada, Europe and neighboring Southern Cone countries.

More foreigners are choosing Argentina for elective and non-elective medical procedures according to two reports out this week from the Ministry of Tourism and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPA).

In terms of revenue, the government numbers show medical tourism in Argentina has grown 25% over the last four years to become a US$100 million industry. Argentina luxury hotels and spas would be wise to court this high-spending niche for post-op rest and relaxation. The average medical tourist spends 10 days in Argentina and US$1,100 per day.

While Argentina receives high marks for quality of care, facilities and surgeons; affordability is still one of the main drivers. Coronary artery bypass surgery in Argentina costs around $15,000 compared to upwards of $100,000 in the United States. On the elective side of the OR, the average price of breast implants in Argentina is $3,000, facelifts (locally “lifting”) cost $2,500 and dental implants cost around $700.

The ISAPA also released their annual survey of aesthetic procedures which confirms the growth of medical tourism in Argentina and other corners of Latin America. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela all rank in the survey’s Top 25. Breast implants, liposuction and Botox in Argentina and the other Latin countries were cited among the most frequently performed procedures. (Full Story in Spanish)

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