Ecuador -Enjoy World Class Healthcare in a Land of Discovery.
Ecuador is a magnificent country offering visitors a wealth of experiences during their stay. Tourists can explore the Amazon Jungle in Eastern Ecuador, discover Incan Ruins and the Andes Mountains in La Sierra, relax on the extraordinary beaches on the Pacific Coast and the marvel at the spectacular tropical landscape of the Galapagos Islands. But Ecuador is not only a country of great beauty. The country's healthcare providers offer exceptionally high medical standards and provide a pleasant and safe service to Medical Tourists. Ecuador boasts some of the finest hospitals and best surgeons in Latin America at a fraction of the cost in your home country. It's very likely that Ecuador could be your perfect Medical Tourism Destination!
Why Choose Ecuador for travel and Treatment?
The question is not 'Why Visit Ecuador?' But rather, 'Why Not?'! Put simply, Ecuador is an amazing country to discover and you'll also have access to great Medical Care. The Medical Tourism Market in Ecuador is growing steadily but prices are still substantially lower than those in other more well known Medical Tourism Destinations. Seeking Medical Care in Ecuador also allows you to combine your treatment with the holiday of a lifetime. Ecuador's Galapagos Islands have been described as a modern Garden of Eden. The Islands are the tips of enormous underwater volcanoes and the wildlife inhabiting these peaks is amazing and abundant. La Sierra is the most visited area of Ecuador where tourists can wander round the beautiful markets, explore Inca ruins and hike in the glorious National Parks. If it's a beach experience you're looking for, Ecuador has something for everyone. From the wet, wild and relatively undiscovered North Coast to the drier beach resorts on the Central and Southern Coasts and all the fishing villages and forests in between, there is a beach to suit every need. It's no wonder more and more Medical Tourists are choosing Ecuador for their Medical Tourism trip.
Medical Facilities in Ecuador
Ecuador has both a Private and Public Health Sector. Ecuador's Public Health System allows people to be treated in hospitals with no prior appointment at any time. Fully equipped hospitals providing care in all medical areas are found in Ecuador's larger cities, there are also hospitals in the country's smaller towns and cities for family care consultation, pediatrics, gynecology, clinic medicine, and surgery. There are also numerous Community Health Centers and many thriving Private hospitals and Clinics. Currently, Quito and Guayaquil are the most well known destinations within Ecuador for Medical Tourism. Plastic surgery, Orthopedics, Weight Loss Surgery and Dental Procedures are among the most popular procedure areas for treatment in Ecuador. On average, health care costs are around 10% to 15% of those in the US and UK. If a patient were to choose to have a torn shoulder tendon repaired in Ecuador by a highly skilled surgeon, the costs would be about a quarter of the cost – around $2200 including all pre-care, post-operative care, the hospital stay and medication – of the procedure in the US and without compromising on quality.
Ecuador Hospitals and International Standards of Care
Due to the increasing expatriate population and the general demand for high quality health care services in Ecuador, the last decade has seen many Private hospitals being built in urban areas. Private Health Care Facilities are considered to be a level with international standards. Many private facilities in Ecuador are state-of-the-art with a number of hospitals being ISO certified and having the latest technology, assuring that patients receive world class healthcare. The Public Health care System has received a large increase in Government spending and this should lead to a significant heightening of Public Hospital standards. Ecuador has highly trained physicians working in all specialty areas as well as world class doctors working in both Public and Private Facilities. Many specialists in Ecuador have trained in the US or Europe and are bilingual so communicating shouldn't be a problem. Many patients find they are offered superior service at a much lower cost than back home.
Convalescence in Ecuador
Ecuador is the perfect country to convalesce in. For those wishing to take it easy post-procedure, there are numerous stunning beaches to lie back and relax on. For those who want to explore, where better to go than Ecuador's tropical forests or Amazon jungles? Whether you go for an easy guided stroll or an all day hike, there are thousands of species to spot, from butterflies to river dolphins. Ecuador also offers excellent scuba diving and outdoor activities for those seeking adventure. Ecuador also offers a great opportunity to convalesce city-style. Quito in particular has fantastic restaurants and museums for culture lovers as well as bars and 'disotecas' if you wish to sample Ecuador's exotic nightlife. Many healthcare providers will offer accommodation as part of a Medical Tourism Package. Otherwise the cost of a hotel room in Ecuador ranges from $15 to $70 with luxury options from $100 per night. In Ecuador you'll find everything to suit your individual convalescing needs.
Ecuador Travel Information
A Visa is not required to enter Ecuador for citizens of certain countries including the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Flights to Ecuador take around 7 hours from the US and 12 hours from Western Europe with many companies including any necessary transfers once passengers arrive in Ecuador. The cost of living in Ecuador is cheap. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost on average $4.00. A one way trip on public transport is $0.30 and for longer-stay visitors, renting an apartment for a month costs between $200 and $300. There are basically two seasons in Ecuador, wet and dry, with temperatures varying according to the altitude. Quito and the Mountains are hottest during December, January and February (20-25 degrees Celsius) and coolest during June, July and August (8-10 degrees Celsius). The wet season runs from October through to April. The coast is usually slightly cooler with the rainy season running from December to May.
Ecuador Quick Facts
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