Is it safe getting dental treatment abroad? Can I really save thousands on my dental treatment in Budapest? How can I know if my treatment is in good hands?
These are only a few in the hundreds of questions everyone who is interested in getting affordable dental treatment abroad has already asked themselves. If you’ve ever been thinking about them yourself, our article was written for you.
What is medical tourism?
Never heard of medical tourism before? Here’s some explanation for you.
Medical tourists are people who decide not to have certain medical interventions done in their home country, but have them abroad instead. Does this sound crazy?
In fact, the reasons behind medical tourism are based on pure logic. The fees of private medicine in certain areas of the world (especially in the United States, Western and Northern Europe) have reached a level where it is hardly affordable for the average locals anymore. National healthcare may be a good alternative for those who can’t afford to have private care, but we all know the not so pleasing circumstances this may mean to patients: long waiting lists and compromised quality of treatment are the price one must pay for the seemingly free treatment. Considering the factors above, patients who need major treatment may consider to get medical treatment abroad to save on the costs.
Obviously some medical problems are better be treated locally, but certain fields of medicine, especially cosmetic surgery, laser eye treatments, orthopaedic and general surgery and last, but not least dentistry, where even extensive treatments can be performed in only a few days, have developed a great volume of demand for medical tourism. Currently the largest number of medical tourists are travelling to get dental treatment abroad.
Budapest, the dental capital of Europe
Amongst numerous dental tourism destination countries Hungary has been one of the most significant ones from the very beginning due to its ideal location and the internationally recognized high standards of dentist education.
2003 was the year when the first low-cost airlines started operating flights from and to Budapest, the gorgeous capital of Hungary, and this has opened up an entirely new era for Hungarian dental tourism. The number of patients treated in dental tourism has dramatically increased from this point onwards, especially after the financial crisis began in 2008, and the demand for more affordable dental treatments became stronger than ever before. International media is currently ranking Hungary as being within the top 3 dental tourism destinations.
The number of patients visiting Hungary for dental treatment is still increasing each year. This is no wonder considering that the difference between the local and the abroad prices may be up to 70% altogether. In case of some extensive restorative or cosmetic dental treatment, this can mean thousands of pounds of saving for the patient.
Top 10 reasons for why Hungary is so popular amongst dental tourists
Let’s summarize what makes Hungary so attractive for patients seeking dental treatment abroad!
1. Affordable dental implants, crowns or veneers
Patients can save up to 70% on their dental bill.
2. Skilled and highly educated dentists
The high quality of theoretical and practical training in Hungarian dental universities not only attracts patients to the country, foreign medical students also study in Hungary in large numbers.
3. High standards in quality
Patients are treated using the highest quality materials on the market and internationally recognized brands of dental implants and dental lab materials.
4. No language barriers
The Hungarian dentists are not only educated to suit very strong requirements in their profession, but most of them speak several foreign languages fluently. For example our dentists at MDental speak English, French and German fluently for the maximum trust and comfort of our patients.
1 in every 4 dental tourism patient chooses Hungary as their destination. The clinic staff are usually well prepared to see foreign patients and to organize their stay & treatment.
6. Skilled supporting team
Those clinics that are focusing on treating patients from abroad often have a team specifically dedicated to patient care. Their dedication, professionalism, and attention to detail ensures patients they get the quality of service they seek.
Budapest is easily accessible from any European country by direct, low cost flights of maximum 3 hours.
8. Complete range of available treatments
Including oral & maxillofacial surgery, dental implants, cosmetic restorations, bleaching, orthodontics, periodontics, conservative treatments & more.
Budapest is a great place to explore in between two dentist appointments. The amazing architecture, the breath-taking view on the Danube bridges, the countless number of cultural events and museums to see are just a few examples this stunning city has for its visitors.
Those coming from the Northern or Western regions of Europe will definitely find Budapest a place where not only dentistry is an affordable service – but mainly everything else is. Patients may wish to use their time out of the dental chair to get their hair done, to have other medical treatments or consultations, or simply to stuff their suitcases with some quality clothes or other items without spending too much.
Interested in reading more about dental tourism in Hungary? Check out our other articles in this topic!