The word "tourism" generally calls to mind pictures of sand, sea, and sun—not doctor's offices or plastic surgery clinics. However, with medical technology making procedures faster and cheaper than ever, medical tourism is becoming more and more popular. If you're curious about what medical tourism is and how you can take advantage of its many benefits, then here are a few thing that you might need to know.
What is 'medical tourism'?
As the name might suggest, medical tourism is a trip out of one's own country, embarked on in order to take advantage of lower prices for any medical procedures you might need or want. Customers from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and the countries of Scandinavia leave in favor of smaller countries like Hungary, who provide the same services at a deeply slashed price point—anywhere from forty to seventy percent off.
When and how did this practice start?
The idea of traveling to another country for medical care is by no means a new one—the ancient Greeks practiced a pilgrimage to the holy place of their healing god, Asklepios, and the spa towns of Romantic/Victorian England are just two historical examples of the thriving business of medical tourism. As the calendar crept closer and closer to the 21st century, however, the trend was generally for those people is smaller, less developed country to come to the United States or Great Britain in search of expert medical attention.
In the global world of the 21st century, however, most places in the world have the technology to perform the desired procedures—the watchword in current medical tourism is not 'technology', but 'price'.
How does it work?
A patient will seek out a good place for whatever work they want or require; Hungary (the city of Budapest, in particular), for example, is known for its top-notch dental programs and English-speaking dentists, and is the current popular choice for dental tourists. You can do all the things you might do on a regular vacation, like check out the local shops, eat local food, and buy plenty of souvenirs for family and friends back home—but you'll come back with a better smile. How many other types of vacations can boast about that?
The bottom line
As with any situation where you're in a doctor's or dentist's chair, you'll want to do your research—figure out when and were, read reviews, and make sure you have the money in an easy-to-reach location and form. But if you plan your medical vacation correctly, you'll come back home refreshed, rejuvenated, and healthier. For further assistance or advice, contact a local cosmetic dentist, such as Clendenon Kirby DDS.