Medical Tourism is the act of seeking quality affordable health care in other countries where health care costs are reasonable. Medical Tourism is based on the reality that many western countries health care systems have become corrupted by insurance companies and politics to the point where the average person cannot afford decent care. Other factors include the rise of education and the proliferation of medical technologies to other parts of the world. Coupled with international accreditation bodies such as the Joint Commission International which is setting standards and raising the bar for modern medical facilities potential patients are able to make informed decisions about where and how much they are willing to pay for quality, accredited care. Costa Rica being as close as it is to the United States is the perfect venue for medical tourism activities. With a growing reputation for quality care and an open door policy Costa Rica is embracing the influx of patients from everything from addiction to plastic surgery. Through hard work and high standards Costa Rica is becoming one of the top Medical Tourism destinations in the world.