Europe and most countries that are members of the EU, such as Slovakia are safe countries to travel to and on top of that these countries provide high standard of medical and health care and their staff is highly educated and experienced. Their healthcare system and medical centers have well-known andlong-lived reputation. This is definitely good news.
However, each of us should remember to turn to a renowned medical centers and professionals who are able to ensure state-of-the art health care and personal approach towards the client. How to do it? You will discover that in the next lines.
в–є Affordable price and highest quality
It would be naive to think that every medical center in Europe is suitable and certified for performing aesthetic and plastic surgery. Therefore having a wide range of information, good level of communication, personal approach and proof of quality standards will help us make the decision. We can and definitely should ask for any certificates that prove the medical center has been board certified and that the staff, mostly surgeons, are qualified too. These are the most important aspects that must be taken into account and you must be interested in them and get a straight answer.
в–є Compare the cost of treatment abroad
Now, one of the reasons, if not the most important for some, is saving expenses on the surgery we want to undergo. One of the benefits is traveling too. Flights are reasonably cheap, you have opportunity to discover new country, meet new people and experience something new. All of these things will not cost you a lot of money. What about the surgery? Of course yes. For most, the price is the deciding factor.
The cost saving can get up to 70% comparing UK prices. One might think and hesitate about the quality and medical services because of the price difference between UK and our prices. We would like to assure you about the quality and medical standards that are strictly followed. All medical centers we cooperate with are certified and achieve required levels of quality and standards.
All of the materials, such as needles, dilators, stents, nose prostheses, etc. are for single-use only. All facilities maintain strict hygiene and are kept sterile. Most importantly, these medical centers are well equipped for any case of complications or emergency. This gives you the security if you are worried about complications following your surgery. Such situations are extremely rare but it is good to know that you are safe.
Facilities possess high level of privacy and all clients have a pleasant environment for recovery. Each client is guided by our professional during the entire treatment so that you will not experience language barrier, even though many of the staff speak English.
So far we have listed only positives and the good points which don’t give us any possible reason for price reduction. So where does the saving come from? The greatest part of the reduction is based on the lower labor expenses. The labor costs for medical staff such as nurses, doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals are much lower than in UK, therefore a big part of the saving is in direct labor expenses.
This can be applied to any other business of the country like Slovakia. To name but a few; lower real estate values, lower construction costs, favorable exchange rates, lower government taxes, less administrative paper shuffling, less bureaucracy/red tape, cheaper medical supplies/equipment/medications and many others.
As a conclusion of this article, we hope that you have found answers to at least some of your questions and that we brought some interesting facts to light. We hope that this knowledge will take away your worries and if not, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any other questions you may have regarding Medical tourism.
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Photo: The Kulakov Federal Center on Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology in Moscow. Source: Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Foreigners are flocking to Russia for healthcare needs. According to Russia’s Association of Medical Tourism, in-vitro fertilization is now one of the most popular procedures among patients from abroad, especially because it’s about 2.5 times cheaper than in Europe or the U. S.
Another advantage that is attractive to the international consumer is Russia’s more flexible and liberal reproductive legislation. Many things that are outright forbidden elsewhere are readily available in Russia.
Dentistry, however, is the most popular healthcare sector for foreigners traveling to Russia for medical reasons. About 44 percent of all international patients in Russia seek an appointment with a dentist. For instance, Chinese tourist groups often find time to visit a dentist’s office in-between guided tours, said Konstantin Onishchenko, the president of Russia’s Association of Medical Tourism (AMT).
Overall, medical tourism is on the rise across the board, and the share of foreigners among patients at the country’s hospitals has risen by as much as 24 percent, reported the AMT.
“Most of our foreign patients come from neighboring post-Soviet countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Belarus; but there are also those from farther abroad — Italy, Ireland, France, Serbia, China, the United States, Australia, and Canada,” said Dr. Elena Kalinina, head of the ART-EKO reproductive health clinic. She added that foreigners primarily come to Russia to seek donor eggs and surrogacy arrangements.
Experts say Russia’s flexible laws contribute to the growth of fertility tourism. “In Italy, for instance, egg donation and surrogacy have always encountered resistance from the Catholic Church. About two years or so ago, egg donation was legalized there, but the sector is developing at a slow pace,” said Alexander Obydennov, head doctor at the Karmenta clinic in Moscow.
The U. K. prohibits any kind of financial compensation for egg donors, while Israel enforces a strict age limit for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which is why many people consider travelling to Russia.
“In total, the egg donation program that our clinic offers — which includes the IVF procedure — will cost 2,500 to 5,500 euros; and prices are the same for Russian citizens and foreigners,” said Alexander Obydennov.
Experts say Spain is becoming a leader in surrogacy provision. Egg donation is permitted there, and healthcare is of high quality. Furthermore, the cost of IVF programs offered by Spanish clinics is not significantly higher than in Russia.
In Russia, a surrogate mother is expected to receive compensation of 16,500 to 20,000 euros, which is the same as Spain. Surrogacy is 20 percent to 30 percent cheaper in Thailand, but the quality of healthcare there is lower, experts warn. The cheaper “suppliers” of egg donors in Europe include Ukraine, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Macedonia.
Nevertheless, despite such competition, Russian experts are unanimous that the country has huge potential to develop IVF programs, including those for foreigners.
“According to ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology), Russia is one of the top seven most effective countries in assisted reproductive technology,” said Elena Kalinina.
A medical visa?
Oncology is in demand as well, and foreigners often come to see specific, internationally famous doctors. “Recently, an Iranian patient with kidney cancer came here for experimental treatment. Russia has become one of the countries that is able to test targeted therapy programs for cancer treatment free of charge,” said Onishchenko.
The demand for vascular surgery is increasing, too. Most patients seek vein stripping to treat varicose veins in legs.
“We’re able to complete the procedure within an hour, with no anesthesia or cuts needed; and the patient can go back home in five or six days,” said Anton Solomakhin, head of Moscow’s Innovative Phlebology Center, adding that the average phlebology surgery in Russia is about 1,000 euros or dollars. In Europe, it can be as high as 4,000 or 5,000 euros, while in the U. S. it is $4,500.
Experts believe that in order to promote medical tourism to Russia a number of issues must be resolved first. One is the necessity to introduce medical visas. Specialists at Russia’s Association of Medical Tourism say that a medical visa should be valid for four to six months and be multi-entry.