If you’re considering having medical treatment in another European country, it’s vital to be aware of some advantages and disadvantages.
Medical tourism which is defined as travelling overseas to receive medical treatment, has grown rapidly in the past decade, especially for dental treatments Poland. Low costs and no waiting lists, new technology as well as skillful specialists in Poland supported by low travel costs and growing internet marketing, mainly effect to decisions made by patients – travellers. Many European countries offer a huge array of dental and medical treatments. Conventional tourism has been a by-product of this growth, but overall benefits of the travel industry also have been considerable.
Nevertheless, medical tourism is still not overmuch known and not sufficiently studied phenomenon. Whole medical tourism represents 2% of the world tourism and 4% of the hospital admissions in the world in 2013. It generates 100 billion Euro engendered by 20 million of medical tourists. But the trend is currently growing. The rise of medical tourism emphasises the privatisation of health care, the growing dependence on technology, uneven access to health resources and the accelerated globalisation of both health care and tourism. It is said that the improvement of quality of care and reduction of prices ratio are challenging for the future of medical tourism.
Dental tourism is a branch of medical tourism. It involves individuals seeking dental services abroad and abandonment of local healthcare systems. Dental travel is mostly combined with a vacation abroad. Dental tourists who seek dentistry abroad feel compelled to do so because of the unaffordable dental services of their national healthcare system. In the U.S.A., Ireland, the U.K., Norway and many European countries, dentistry is expensive. For many people a large restorative or cosmetic work such as dental veneers procedure is completely out of the question for financial reasons.
Preceding the final conclusion, the advantages of medical tourism dominate the opinion of experts, but primarily the patients who have taken advantages of that kind of dental services. Here are the benefits they received:
1. Short or no waiting times
Most of the procedures such as teeth implants or dental crowns in Poland may be done in less than a month. If in your home country you have to wait for longer periods of time, going abroad for the same procedure seems like a viable option for you. Do not wait! Just contact Dental Travel Poland and we will book everything for you as soon as possible.
2. Affordable prices!
If you have to pay out of your own pocket for the treatment, medical tourism allows you to save a substantial amount of money. The dental costs are even from 30% to 50% lower than in Western Europe or Scandinavia. Is it hard to believe?
3. Best in class service
Dental clinics in Poland that decide to support patients from abroad are well prepared for this. English speaking (and not only) dentists and staff know the needs of these customers and offer them the highest quality service and care. Dentists have excellent qualifications and often acquired practice in countries such as Sweden and the UK. An additional advantage is the access to advanced technology and the latest techniques incorporated in dental procedures. Therefore, dental clinics abroad can offer all kinds of services (preceded by a free consultation!) that are available in your country and maybe even more. Our specialists are open to challenge and willing to help you with any dental problem.
4. All-inclusive care
Dental clinics abroad provide services round-the-clock. This includes luxury accommodation, meal services and other extras. The clinics and dental agencies want to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, and their offer includes a range of beneficial packages combining dental services and accommodation or travel.
5. Holidays abroad
With dental travel, you are encouraged to travel around the country and see sightseeing objects. There is a wide list of tourist attractions in dental destinations. If you are interested in visiting them, do not hesitate to ask our consultants. You should also remember that the prices of hotels, restaurants or transport are lower in dental tourism countries, so you do not have to spend all your money for holidays. You can kill two birds with one stone!
Even though there are many benefits of having treatment abroad, everyone should consider carefully their decision about dental travel. Frequently patients encounter the following disadvantages of treatment abroad:
1. Worries about Standards of Practice
The standards of medical care in the NHS and privately funded UK hospitals are high and the staff is fully trained in all areas of their specialty. Many patients who consider overseas treatment worry that the standard of care in other countries may not be so high.
In fact, most of the dentists abroad who offer their services to patients from the UK or Scandinavia, have worked or were trained in the UK or others European countries. It is advisable to check some opinions about the clinic where you may be offered your treatment and to find out the history of the dentists, who will be looking after you.
2. More than one visit, more than one travel
The other disadvantage of dental services abroad is the fact that many cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as crowns and implants, require more than one visit. Moreover, it demands several weeks healing time in between. If you add in the cost of multiple flights and accommodation, the savings on treatment prices can be reduced. However, overseas specialists understand this problem and they can overcome the drawback or minimize it with advanced technology and appropriate treatment plan.
3. Travel issues
You may feel nervous about finding a cheap flight and suitable accommodation as it seems to take a lot of time. After all we can go to the dentist around the corner. Some people may be afraid of potential problems caused by travelling to other countries to meet a dentist. For example, flight delays, lost luggage and cancellations are possible. When you think about treatment abroad, it is essential that you find out what insurances against these accidents are included and whether you need to purchase more comprehensive cover or not. If travel issue is the only thing that discourages you from having dental treatment in Poland, Hungary or The Czech Republic, do not hesitate to contact with dental travel agencies. Our consultants will help you to find the best travel option. Moreover, you would be offered help at booking your flight and hotel.
The difficulties described above can be overcome quite easily. Companies such as Dental Travel Poland can help to organise dental treatments in Poland so the patient will not suffer from any difficulties connected with their travel and treatments. Therefore, it is really worth to consider this solution of our dental problems.
Marek is a great fan of medical tourism. He believes that medical tourism is a huge chance for many people, who cannot afford treatment in their home country.
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