1) CLOSE TO NORTH AMERICA
Guatemala City has non-stop flights to and from major cities in the United States. Flying times range from 2 to 6 hours and there are no visa requirements for Canadian, U.S. and EU citizens. It takes more time to fly from New York to Denver, Tulsa or Louisville than to fly from New York to Guatemala City! By the way, La Aurora’s International Airport is only 15 minutes away from Guatemala’s Medical District. Also, the quality in services provided and the costs are comparable to Costa Rica’s.
2) QUALITY PRIVATE HEALTHCARE AT LOW COST PRICES
Prices of medical procedures in Guatemala are 50 to 70% lower than prices in North America and Europe, and fees of Medical Doctors are the lowest in the region. All of the MD Specialists with privileges in Guatemala City´s private hospitals, have been trained at the best Medical Schools in Europe, Brasil, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan or in the U.S.
As a matter of fact, the selection process to grant privileges on behalf of the hospitals´ Accreditation Committees is quite rigorous: besides the professional honorability, the academic and medical achievements, one of the selection criteria is having performed part of the medical training abroad; as a result, patients in those private hospitals are going to be treated by Elite Specialist Doctors.
3) PERSONALIZED & HUMANE MEDICINE
Guatemalan MDs are driven by their vocation and are devoted to their patients: they will take the time to listen to you, to know you and your medical history, compared to other countries in Central America. Their goal is to deliver optimal rather than standard care. They are surrounded by a team of qualified professionals who´ll give you VIP treatment.
4) ENGLISH IS THE FIRST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
English is commonly used in conversations with foreigners. A large percentage of MD Specialists, staff and tour operators are able to communicate fluently in English. Universities require English proficiency. Almost all Guatemalan families have a relative who lives in Canada or the United States and are therefore quite receptive to the Anglo American culture. If you speak German or French, there are Medical Interpreters who can help you with facilitating your communications with Doctors, staff and providers of other services.
5) TIMELY ATTENDANCE
There are no long waiting lists for medical procedures nor waiting lines to receive treatments in Guatemala´s private medical and hospital network. Most procedures are readily available, both in the conventional and in complementary medicine.
6) SPRING LIKE CLIMATE ALL YEAR ROUND
Guatemala is known as “The Land of The Eternal Spring” because the average annual temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The mild climate is an important factor in a patient´s recovery and wellbeing; moreover it allows foreign patients to travel to Guatemala at any time of the year.
7) BENEFITS of GUATEMALA CITY´S MEDICAL DISTRICT
All private hospitals and specialized clinics in Guatemala City are clustered together in a radius of 12 square miles and located near the residential hotel zone, so that all services are conveniently located nearby to cater to whatever need, medical or otherwise, the patient may have, without wasting any time in unnecessary rides.
8) COSMOPOLITAN AMBIANCE
Guatemala City is a sophisticated metropolis with a tropical flair, where patients and their travel companions have a wide choice of entertainment activities and places to go to …Visitors will find gastronomy from all parts of the world, as well as vegetarian cuisine; they can enjoy the atmosphere of lovely gourmet cafes and live music in restaurants; Guatemala City is also host to an incredible choice of hotels, cultural centers and shopping malls.
9) AMAZING VARIETY OF TOURIST & LEISURE ACTIVITIES:
Visitors can spend their convalescence chilling out in quaint colonial Antigua, at the Pacific beach or on the shores of Lake Atitlan; they can pamper themselves at a hot springs resort or medical spa. With their travel companion they can tour museums and art galleries, explore the nearby countryside, visit the cradle of the Maya Empire, or dedicate themselves to more sportive activities, like golfing, cycling, hiking, sailing, or fishing….For patients and their partners who are more inclined to intellectual pursuits, there is the opportunity to learn Spanish with a private one-to-one teacher. As a matter of fact, Guatemala provides an established network of professional tourism operators who offer a wide range of tourism and leisure activities for the 2 million tourists who visit Guatemala every year.
10) WARM HOSPITALITY towards foreign visitors:
The Guatemalan People are courteous and amiable, their authentic friendliness makes every foreigner feel at home