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Dental Tourism

    Dental Tourism

    KERALA - The most sought destination for tourists in India. Dental tourism or Dental vacations is a synonym of medical tourism.

    Patients availing a dental treatment outside their locality also may be accompanied by a vacation. Dental tourism is very popular as the world becomes ever more interdependent and competitive. The training abroad and availability of world standard materials, and technology transfer spread rapidly, enabling healthcare professionals in "developing countries" to provide dental care at significant cost savings when compared with their competitors in the developed world.

    Why do People Travel Abroad for Dental Implant Treatment?

    Mostly their prime consideration are driven by treatment cost
    Demographically Patient has been travelling from one country to another country in the following pattern
    Austria to Hungary,
    US and Canada to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru,
    Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.
    Australia to Thailand and other countries of southeast Asia,

    Dental tourism is mostly generalized to travel from high-income countries to low-cost developing economies. There is another important factor that can influence a decision to travel is the difference between the funding of public healthcare or general access to healthcare.

    Pricing and quality

    Dental tourists travel mostly to save a considerable amount in treatment cost compared to their home country to take advantage of lower treatment cost.

    The reasons for lower treatment cost can be highlighted as below.

    • Lower infrastructural cost
    • Lower staff salaries
    • Less Governmental Interventions
    • Lower Educational expenses of Doctors and Nurses
    • Lower License fees of staffs and the clinic
    • Lower Insurance fees for staff and the clinics
    The main concerns of the patients when they avail dental tourism is as below>
    Is the lower treatment cost invites a lower quality?
    Can complex dental implant procedures be safely completed overseas in a relatively short, "holiday-sized" time?
    Is the price lists are no guarantee of final costs?
    Is the patients are receiving value for money from their dentists?

    What can be the savings?

    On average, costs in dental tourism countries are 70% less than in the UK and US. Here are some examples. A dental felling in the US or UK costs about $300-400 while in Eastern Europe or India it costs only $20-40. The treatment of your root canal will take $3000 in the United States and only $100-200 in Hungary, for example. A denture costs about $1000 in the UK and $200 in India. As you can see the difference is big, especially when it comes to treat many teeth.

    Dental tourism has two big advantages.

    Smaller Treatment cost in the developing countries, even if the quality is usually the same. The second one is the combination between the dental treatment and a nice and relaxing vacation. Considering these two we realize why the dental tourism increases its popularity while the crisis is developing. Everyone has the chance to kill two birds with one stone.

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