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Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there is medical and dental tourism in Nicaragua.

From the States, it is cheaper to buy a plane ticket, fly down here, get treated and head back, than it is to have your medical procedure in the US. The way it works here in Nicaragua is that the hospital has their own packages and tells you whatever you need to do. They will give you the rates and tourist options of what you can do.

For example, the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua is the best hospital in Nicaragua, and is about 30 minutes away from Granada. You can fly in on Monday, head straight to the hospital for your consultation, come back on Tuesday, do the exams and then head back to Granada for a couple of days, come back on Friday and speak with the doctor, and leave.

It is the same with dental tourism.  You make an appointment, you get here whichever day, you go to the appointment and then you do whatever the tourist activities you want to do and the cost of your airfare and hospital, these are just fractions of what would they would cost you to have your dental treatments in the States.

We are not talking about your community college doctors here. These new generation of doctors have studied all around the world – Mexico, Europe, the States, South America. Medicine is good here in Nicaragua, as well, because it came from the Cubans back in the 50s. That was when Cuba’s medical program was top of the line, and you have all these doctors right now who are in their 60s and 50s that were trained by the Cuban doctors. These Cuban doctors are the ones who trained the older generation here.

Medicine is really good and really affordable in Nicaragua.
Arlen Pérez of Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas Arial View Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe offer medical tourism services in the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, which is a JCI accredited hospital. JCI is the Joint Commission accreditation, which a hospital organization that accredits hospitals around the world that have health, security, and quality standards in all of their medical and administrative processes. So, with the JCI accreditation, it means that Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas has the same processes as any of the other excellent hospitals in other countries and in the US that are JCI accredited. Not even all hospitals in the US are JCI accredited. The JCI accreditation puts Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in the same position as any top hospital in the US.
 
The process to be a patient is very simple. You have to contact our staff via email or by phone. We have an international number, or you can email me personally that you as a patient request our medical services. Since we are an integral hospital, we have every medical specialty and we offer a wide variety of services, from MRI, lab tests, consultations, bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery, general surgery, urological surgery, and dental services.
 
We also have a dental center where we offer all kinds of services from dental cleaning and whitening, to bridges, implants, crowns, and other dental services that are requested around the USA.
 
Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas is the most prominent in Nicaragua for medical and dental services. We are the only JCI accredited hospital in all of Nicaragua so if you want that medical assurance, then you will find it at Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas.
 
We offer medical tourism as an alternative to just staying in say, the US or Canada because the cost of medical care and the waiting time is less here. Most of our US and Canadian patients say the quality of medical attention from the doctors and medical staff is not the same here as in the US; they feel that the personal care here in Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas is better than in the US hospitals.
 
With regard to insurance, we accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield International, Aetna International, Cigna International, and BUPA International. Those are the top international insurance plans accepted at Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas. We do accept about 20 more insurance plans that are international but we only accept those for hospitalization and program surgeries. If you come for an MRI or for consultation under one of these plans, even if the insurance says your policy covers that, we will not accept that coverage.
 
Every type of surgery has more competitive prices here in Nicaragua than in the US, but the difference is greater in surgeries such as cardiology, orthopedic, or bariatric surgeries. The reason for this is because in the US, cosmetic surgery has become so popular that any small clinic which can provide an official receipt even without a good certification can offer US $4,000 for a breast augmentation (for example) and our price for the same procedure is only $3,000. The $1,000 difference is not much. In contrast, if you need a knee replacement, I think it is about $30,000 right now in the US and that includes everything from the surgery to the doctor’s fees and pre-ops. Here in Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, we have a knee replacement package that includes pre-ops for only $9,500. That is a huge difference.
 
Bariatric surgery, which is one of our star surgeries along with orthopedic surgery, costs less than half the price in Nicaragua. In the US, it is $20,000 and here in Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, it only costs $8,000.
Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Medical and dental tourism in Nicaragua has been growing quite a bit because medical and dental services are a lot less expensive here. Here in Granada, which is a town of about 130,000 people, we have a number of dentists and the cost is very good. Cleaning is around US $25, a crown is usually around $200, and if you need to have extensive surgery, it might be $400. The quality of the dental care here in Granada is about the same as what I get when I was still in the US, but it costs a lot less.
 
Regarding medical, we do have an English-speaking, Cuban trained doctor, who we have used for eight years. We have a couple of small hospitals here in Granada that can handle emergencies, but if we had a more serious medical issue, then we would go to a major hospital in Managua.
Mike Quinn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Medical Tourism Basics

Medical tourism is people traveling to a foreign country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment. While neighboring country Costa Rica receives upwards of 100,000 of this type of tourist, this new industry is just getting started in Nicaragua. Nicaragua receives less then a tenth of that amount of visitors. Most experts in medical tourism recommend hospitals that are internationally accredited; they suggest that you look for hospitals that meet high performance standards and have implemented continuous improvement plans.

Accredited Hospitals in Nicaragua

For those looking for a JCI accredited hospital where your savings are much more then some of the other countries doing medical tourism (including being less expensive then Costa Rica), you should definitely consider Nicaragua. The Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas is the only hospital in the country to meet the stringent standards required for JCI accreditation. Accreditation is important for your confidence that you will be receiving quality care.
 

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The Farmstay is very close to the Hospital Metropolitano, so we often receive guests who are in need of some medical care and looking for a place to relax and recuperate before and after their treatments or surgeries. We've helped guests get executive checkups and enroll in discount plans, have surgeries to repair bad knees, hernias, etc.
 
Recently, we had a lovely guest from Costa Rica. He came here because getting his gall bladder removal surgery was so much cheaper here then even in neighboring Costa Rica! He could not get over the concierge service the hospital provides, the excellent quality of care, and he recommends anyone looking for medical tourism services to look into the program offered by the Hospital Metropolitano.
Michael Vogelsang of Redwood Beach Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hello - I had 6 caps "installed" in the U.S. and it cost $9,000.  I had six more done by Dr. Gabriel Gonzalez in Chinandega, Nicaragua and it cost $800 and you cannot tell the difference. I am very happy with the results, and the cost!  Definitely get a referral from someone you trust, go to the dentist for a routine cleaning and see how you feel.  You can save a lot of money and be satisfied with the results if you do a little legwork in advance.
Tanya Hartill of NicaTour Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I've used a dentist in Nicaragua for a crown.  I'll admit it, I've never done this before so I was a little "afraid."  But my dentist, (I call him "my dentist" now), picks me up and drops me off after the appointment (Service!).
 
His office is clean and modern, he did a fantastic job and only charged me $200!  (In my country of origin, this would have cost $1,000)  So if you can get a referral for a dentist from a friend that has used a dentist in Nicaragua, I'd go with that.
 
I'm extremely pleased with my dentist.  He has an office in Managua and in Leon and his wife is also a dentist.
 
Maria Acosta of Title Coordination Services (TCS) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua already does have a United States accredited hospital and they are pursuing the medical and dental tourism market.  We are not yet as known for medical tourism as other countries but we are moving towards that and we are very competitive cost-wise.

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