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Sun, sand and root canal: Medical tourism booms in Costa Rica


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Two dentists work on a U.S. patient at a dental clinic in San Jose, November 1, 2012. Around 40,000 medical tourists visited Costa Rica last year, compared to 36,000 in 2010 and 30,000 in 2009. Most of them are American and Canadian, according to the country's tourism institute, ICT. Of that number, almost 15,000 of them traveled for dental care, said Massimo Manzi, director at Promed, the council for international promotion of medicine in Costa Rica. Picture taken November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate