Dental Travel- Why would someone travel to get dental treatment abroad?
Dentures are very expensive, therefore dental travel makes sense to lots of people. Dental implants, crowns and bridges can quickly gather a few thousand Euro. The statutory health insurance usually covers only a fraction of the cost and avoids paying any costs for cosmetic dental works. Since dental travel is close to many patients, they ask the price question:
Would it be cheaper in foreign countries and do they offer the same quality standards?
In fact in Europe and worldwide you’ll be able to find many dental travel packages. Those are usually created by the most advanced practices that have recognized the potential of dental tourism and they combine it with good service and excellent technical standards foreign patients expect to receive. But there are some black sheep as well. Therefor even hospitals benefit from the new boom in tooth tourism that are not technically equipped and educated according to Western Standards.
If you think about taking a dental travel treatment abroad, it is important to note a few things:
- What is the website impression of the clinic?
- Do they offer reliable information or advertising?
- Is there a chance to get advise in detail before you go there?
- What options are there for treatment if complications arise?
Those who live near the borderline know the benefits of the EU: Cross the borderline to buy fuel cheaper – or go to the foreign dentist. A future vision? In Brandenburg/Germany it became reality at least for AOK (Major Health Insurance Company) members. This health insurance has signed fixed contracts with dentists in Poland. Since the AOK pays the usual fixed subsidy it is enough to pay for the treatment completely in the neighboring country.
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