Medical tourism can be defined as traveling abroad for medical treatment or surgery. It is estimated that around seven million people travel abroad for medical purposes that include dental, cosmetic, bariatric, reproductive, and cancer treatments annually. What keeps the medical tourism industry afloat and ever-expanding are compelling factors such as lower and more competitive medical costs, high quality care and treatment, availability of treatments and the opportunity to tick another country off one’s travel bucket list.
When it comes to choosing a destination, medical tourists are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities available, especially given how air travel has become much more affordable nowadays. In this article, we’ll focus specifically on three medical tourism destinations in Europe and why they’ve continuously made the list for many individuals and couples looking to travel abroad for medical purposes.
Nestled in the heart of Central Europe, the Czech Republic is a prime location for medical tourists, especially those hailing from the UK or Scandinavia. Not only are flights to the Czech Republic short – 2 to 3 hours – but its capital city, Prague, boasts a plethora of top-notch medical facilities that offer medical treatments that cost up to 60% less than what you’re expected to pay in the UK. Medical tourists of the fertility, dental and cosmetic variety might want to consider the Czech Republic in particular as it has garnered a reputation for offering these treatments as the highest possible standards. To make things easier, there are many medical tourism agencies that offer full packages that include flights, accommodation and even hiking, and biking excursions in addition to the actual medical treatment.
Looking for that pearly white, picture perfect Hollywood smile? You might want to consider traveling to Hungary then, a country that is home to more dentists per capita than any other country in the world. Whether you’re looking just opting for an annual checkup or are in need for more complex full-mouth restoration or reconstructive surgery, Hungary has dental clinics with the latest, most up-to-date equipment and excellent standards of care. After your treatment, you can spend your recovery time exploring Budapest, the country’s beautiful capital.
Spain’s flourishing medical tourism industry may have jetted off due to the competitive pricing but the real draw for medical tourists is the optimal convalescing and wellbeing environment offered to them post treatment or surgery. A slower, more relaxing lifestyle combined with 320 sunshine days per day have proven to be some of the reasons why medical tourists opt to have their treatments in Spain along with the array of excellent private clinics, shorter waiting times and a health system ranked 7th best in the world.
In conclusion, where a medical tourist decides to go for treatment or surgery is dependent on a number of factors – medical treatment needed, packages offered, location, cost, ability to travel and explore while recovering etc. What makes Europe a particularly intriguing medical destination for many individuals are the lower costs, picturesque cities, exemplary treatment and care and the ability to explore other neighboring countries while recovering.