Why Medellin?

MEDICAL TOURISM

Top quality healthcare delivered in state of the art hospitals and clinics at a fraction of the cost in the United States.  Most pharmaceuticals are sold over the counter, providing more savings when it comes to simple ailments.  There is no need to buy dental insurance either, prices are low enough to pay for it out of pocket and the quality is similar to what you would expect at home.  When you go to a doctor here, you speak with the doctor for the full consultation, not a nurse or aide like in the US.

Medellin’s prestige as an important center for medical treatment and aesthetic procedures has spread beyond the country’s borders to accomodate patients from all over the globe!  Every year, thousands of foreigners from Central America, the Caribbean, Spain, England, Italy and the United States come to the city of Medellin for medical procedures.

The most common treatments are plastic surgery, refractive surgery, dental procedures, transplants as well as treatments related to heart problems and cancer.  Most clinics and hospitals are now aware of their international reach and have appointed staff to assist foreign patients.  As well, third party groups have organized to help assist the medical tourism industry.

COST

Economy_Colombia_ThumbCost of treatment is a big incentive for most who decide to take the trip to Medellin for their elective surgery/procedure.  Often times as much as 50% less than that of comparable procedures in the USA, Europe or elsewhere, it is easy to see how many patients ultimately choose Medellin as their destination of choice in the emerging medical tourism industry.

DOCTORS

Also a factor is the sheer amount of well qualified doctors and surgeons in the city that come from prestigious medical schools such as the University of Antioquia, the University Pontifica Bolivariana, the Fundación Universitaria San Martín and the Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud (CES) to name a few.  Many doctors and dentists graduate and specialize from these medical institutions and centers.  As well, a good number of local health professionals pursue their studies abroad, where they have the opportunity to receive additional training and expertise.

LOCATION

One of the first and foremost factors is the amazing climate the city enjoys experiencing spring-like weather year round.  This is mainly due to its location in the highland tropic regions of the northern Andes mountains.  The near perfect weather makes recuperation as enjoyable as it can be and the after care quality is top notch to boot.  With the near perfect weather in Medellín and a continued investment in health care infrastructure as well as low medical costs, Medellín should also continue to attract more medical tourists.

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

The various clinics and hospitals available in the city themselves warrant serious medical attention from integrity conscious patients.  Equipped with state of the art facilities and cutting edge equipment, many of the options around town rate as good or better than their first world counterparts.  In fact, Medellin has become one of the leading cities in all of South America for transplant procedures due to a program that was started more than 30 years ago.  Today, Medellin holds several accolades for transplants in Colombia, Latin America as well as the world.

FRIENDLY LOCALS

Friendly Locals

FRIENDLY PEOPLE – The locals refer to themselves as Paisas.  Not only are they among the friendliest we have ever known, they are also some of the most attractive.  In fact, Paisa women are world-renowned for their beauty. It’s a beautiful country with beautiful people!

MEDELLIN HAS 8 OF THE BEST HOSPITALS/CLINICS IN LATIN AMERICA

A recent study by América Economia found that Medellín has 8 of the top 42 hospitals and clinics in Latin America.  These hospitals and clinics in Medellín with their Latina American rankings by América Economia are:

Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe: Ranked the best hospital in Medellín.  The private non-profit hospital is located in the Robledo neighborhood of Medellín.  It was founded in 1970 and currently has 371 beds.  Besides being a general hospital, the hospital also specializes in renal and cancer care, bariatric surgery, and pediatrics.  Pablo Tobón Uribe also has a special department that handles foreign patients including handling insurance and language and communications with medical practitioners in a patient’s home country.  The hospital has several doctors that speak English as well as trained medical interpreters.

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación: Ranked the second best hospital in Medellín.  The private hospital located in the Seville neighborhood of Medellín was founded in 1913 and currently has about 700 beds, 14 operating rooms and six intensive care units.  It is one of the largest hospitals in Colombia and Latin America.  The hospital also has three specialty centers: Cardiopulmonary and Peripheral Vascular Center, Digestive Diseases Center, and the Organ and Tissue Transplant Center.  Besides being a general hospital, the hospital is well known for transplants.  The transplant group in the hospital performed the first bone marrow transplant in Latin America.  The hospital also did the first kidney transplant, the first liver transplant and the first successful liver transplant in Colombia.  The hospital has done well over 3,000 transplants.

Clínica las Américas: Part of Grupo Empresarial Las Américas, which was organized in 1989 by a group of health professionals who had the ideal of building the best comprehensive health care center in the city. The hospital center is located in the La Mota barrio of the Belén neighborhood in Medellín. It is located near the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport in Medellín.  Clínica las Américas currently has 340 beds and 16 operating rooms for general and specialized surgery. It offers services in 77 different medical specialties and sub-specialties.

Hospital General de Medellín:  Founded in 1948 and it currently has 425 beds and eight operating rooms. The hospital backed by the Medellín government offers inpatient services in a variety of specialties including cardiology, general surgery, plastic surgery, gynecology and obstetrics, internal medicine, pulmonology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. The hospital also provides adult critical care, pediatric, neonatal, obstetric and gynecological care as well as pediatric emergency services 24 hours a day.

Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana: The Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana is part of the Pontificia Bolivariana University system. The clinic contributes in the university’s processes of teaching and research. The clinic located in Robledo has 187 beds and seven operating rooms.  The clinic offers services of surgery hospitalization, emergency care, intensive care, outpatient, laboratory and imaging services as well as prevention programs. The clinic handles an average of 4,500 births, 7,000 surgeries and 30,000 emergency consultations annually.

Clínica León XIII:  Administered by the University of Antioquia. The hospital was founded in 1950. It offers surgical, outpatient, hospital, clinical laboratory, neonatal and emergency services. It currently has over 300 beds.  Clínica León XIII was a main clinic in Medellín during the seventies and eighties. But the clinic declined after that time period. In 2007, Clínica León XIII was almost in ruins and was more like a makeshift war hospital than the model medical institution of today.   In 2007, 11 of the 14 operating rooms were closed and some beds in the hospital had no mattresses. Clínica León XIII has since that time experienced a massive turnaround after being acquired by IPS of the University of Antioquia to where today it is ranked one of the best hospitals in Medellín.

Clínica Medellín: Clínica Medellín has three different hospitals in Medellín, in El Centro, in El Poblado and it’s newest facility located in Belén, which opened in early 2014. The private hospital was founded in 1947 with the goal to establish a clinic in Medellín that was similar is several respects to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Clínica Medellín offers a wide range of medical services in several areas including anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology, physical medicine, gynecology, internal medicine, intensive care and critical care medicine, pulmonology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, radiology and urology.

Clínica Cardio Vid: Clínica Cardio Vid claims to be a pioneering Latin American thoracic organ transplantation center. The clinic located in Robledo near the Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana currently has 122 beds. The clinic has a 165,904 square foot facility with plans for a future project to expand its facilities.  The clinic specializes in diagnosis, treatment and emergencies of cardiovascular, thoracic, pulmonary and neurovascular conditions. The clinic claims to have done the first heart transplant in Colombia in 1985.

THE BOTTOM LINE

In Medellín it is possible to have access to world-class health care in several hospitals at a much lower cost than is found in hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Canada or Europe. Each of these hospitals and clinics in Medellín also has some of their staff that speaks English.