Medical tourism is likely to become more than dental implants and nose jobs because the president has signed a decree endorsing regulations for biomedical research here.
Currently, said Casa Presidencial, there are 120 experiments and 230 studies being done in the country. Officials expect that the decree will result in many more.
A 2014 law covers biomedical research, but the regulations had not been produced.
The law creates a Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones en Salud to oversee such research and an ethics committee.
Officials note that Costa Rica has a health population that would be appropriate for medical research, and the various agencies that promote the country said they will take steps to capitalize on this facts.