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The Dominican Republic Is Ranked Second In Latin America For This Booming Travel Trend

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The Dominican Republic has been ranked the second-best destination for medical tourism in Latin America and one of the top hubs worldwide.

Medical tourism, encompassing everything from plastic surgery to wellness travel, is booming worldwide, especially in the United States.

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As travelers seek to cut down costs and increase the utility of their next vacation, countries like the Dominican Republic offer the safety and expertise to get the job done.

As medical tourism grows in popularity, here’s why the Dominican Republic should be at the top of everyone’s travel list. 

a large hospital in punta cana

Excellent Infrastructure And Safety

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean this year, attracting far more travelers than its tropical neighbors. And now, a new report by the Healthcare Research Center places the island nation as the leading region destination for medical tourism.

A growing number of travelers are flocking to destinations like the Dominican Republic in search of affordable yet high-quality medical treatments. From cosmetic makeovers to more routine operations, medical tourism can cut down costs while providing more options for travelers.

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Medical tourism is set to grow by a whopping 30% from 2023 to 2023, and the Dominican Republic is uniquely positioned to be a major hub for health and wellness travel.

According to the Healthcare Research Centre, a leading international medical organization, the Dominican Republic ticks all the right boxes when it comes to accessing good-quality healthcare options. 

In its latest overview on medical tourism around the globe, the Dominican Republic was ranked the best destination in the Caribbean for the growing travel trend, second in Latin America, and 19th worldwide.

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According to the report, the Dominican Republic’s excellent safety, unparalleled access to general and specialized healthcare, and noteworthy international reputation all make the sunny destination one of the best for medical tourism. 

And with new government efforts targeting medical tourism, the Dominican Republic will only continue to improve the reliability and quality of its medical services. 

A generic hospital with clear blue skies in background

In 2021, the country’s president Luis Abinader launched a new policy that aims to make the tropical island a leading destination for medical travel. As a result, the country now has a comprehensive legal framework in line with international standards to guarantee patients’ safety and well-being. 

As the country’s popularity soars to new highs among travelers, medical tourism will undoubtedly constitute a growing priority for both the government and local businesses. 

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This Dominican Republic Destination Is Trending For Medical Travel Right Now

Although travelers can find a handful of excellent destinations for medical travel on the tropical island, none offer as many services as Punta Cana.

The resort hotspot currently boasts several hospitals and medical centers that cater to the health and wellness needs of travelers. 

Punta Cana’s IMG Hospital boasts a team of multilingual staff as well as state-of-the-art medical facilities to treat a range of needs, from standard checkups to rare diseases. 

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But Punta Cana is also an excellent destination for cosmetic needs, with beauty salons like Tati Cosmos Club offering a range of pampering treatments. 

Most Punta Cana resorts also boast comprehensive spas, many of which are regarded as some of the best in the Caribbean, including Puntacana Resort & Club’s Six Senses Spa.

Meanwhile, work on the brand-new Médico Express clinic is well underway in the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. At a cost of over 1 billion pesos, the high-end clinic mainly targets international travelers and will be staffed by an international team of experts.

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