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Health tourism

Health tourism

Colombia is recognized as a leader in the provision of health services based on its highly qualified professionals, high quality standards, institutional accreditation, its cutting edge infrastructure, and high technology availability. In addition, Colombia has 16 hospitals ranked among the 45 Best Hospitals of Latin America (2012). Furthermore, the alliances between the government, private companies, scientists and experts make it possible to offer a wide range of medical and surgical services of the highest quality. In light of the above, the country has become one of the most attractive destinations for medical treatments.

World Exports from the Health Tourism Sector (2002 - 2013)
US$ Millions FOB

Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Suriname, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands Antilles, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela.

Specialties with Business Opportunities


  • Cardiology
  • Hemodynamics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral care
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Executive check-ups
  • Fertility treatment
  • Spa
  • Alternative medicine

Competitive Factors

Health tourism


  • Colombia is recognized throughout Latin America for its scientific and health research.
  • Colombia hosts prestigious annual academic events, conferences, seminars and workshops on health education.
  • Major breakthroughs have been made, such as the creation of the pacemaker, the Hakim valve and the malaria vaccine, among others.
  • Colombia's medical institutions have state-of-the-art technology for different medical and surgical treatments.
  • Colombia has a health accreditation system with an emphasis on patient safety.
  • The services are distributed throughout the country's major cities with a variety of climates for patient recovery and tourism.
  • Hospitals and clinics offering services to international patients have offices and staff trained in foreign patient care, handling various languages, making it a more pleasant and enjoyable for the patient and their companions.
For further information visit www.proexport.com.co/en/health-colombia