RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1222 times:
Here in Switzerland a new form of tourism has arisen. Costs of surgery here is sooo big that insurances don't hesitate to send their patients to Hungary for dental surgery, India for eye surgery, Argentina for Shoulder surgery, tunisia for plastic surgery, etc.
Its like 3 to 4 times cheaper than Switzerland and they offer you to spend holidays in the beach before and after the operation!
I'd like to know 2 questions
1) Where you live, is this practise becoming more and more common ?
2) Would you be ready to do it ?
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Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8456 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1213 times:
South Africa is becoming popular for this too, with the exchange rate and our excellent facilities there are more foreigners coming here for dental and cosmetic work. You only need to look at the increased number of adverts in the SAA in flight magazine to see how it is picking up.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
it not only is costs. I for many years, as long as working in the CargoTerminalEast of ZRH, had problems throughout winter with colds in my nose. And sometimes also in spring, summer and autumn. the only medicament of use was and is DOLIPRANE --- www.doctissimo.fr/medicament-DOLIPRANE.htm
and that only is available in France. So that I since the late 70ies sometimes was enroute from ZRH to Mulhouse by car, sniffing and "speeding" and then "consuming" and recovering ! no, it not only is the costs !
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6820 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
1. It seems to be more and more common for people (women) wanting cosmetic surgery and being too desperate to wait here or pay the higher costs. But then they find that the grass isn't greener and they end up having to go private over here to sort out the disasters.
Some people are going to Europe/India for surgical procedures (hip transplants and the like) because the waiting lists are so long over here. In theory our health service should pay for any treatment in Europe.
2. No, or not that I'm aware of needing at the moment. But I do have private medical insurance that covers me for hospitals over here.
1) It's common where I live (Medellín) because it's cheap comparatively here and the quality is excellent, lots of people come from different parts of the country and abroad to have cosmetic, dental and highly specialized surgeries done. Highly specialized surgeries are usually transplants, they've even performed larinx and intestines transplants, among other things.
Bogotá, Cali, Armenia and other cities account for big medical tourism as well.
Transplants in Medellín are performed mostly at Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paúl ( www.elhospital.org.co ) and Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe ( www.hptu.org.co ). I've had surgery myself at HUSPV.
Hospitals here are joining forces in that respect and there's a program here called "Salud sin Fronteras" that makes all the necesary arrangements, tickets, hotels for relatives, immigration and emigration stuff and obviously all the things concerning to the procedure itself.
There's an interesting article about medical tourism to Colombia for you to read here (in Spanish): http://www.telemundo51.com/noticias/7990065/detail.html
2) If I had to, the savings were worth it and the quality was good I'd do it, besides I'd get to fly!.
Thing is... I don't think I'd have to because I live where the others come to have surgery done!
[Edited 2006-03-24 22:20:01]
I gladly accept donations to pay for flight hours! This thing draws man...
Door5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1186 times:
Many UK people are discovering dental costs in Poland, for example, are much cheaper than at home. I have had first class dental treatment in Malaysia for considerably less than the cost of the same treatment at home. Fortunately I was able to plan this as a side trip to/from Australia so the cost of the flight was accounted for.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Dutch insurance companies are sending patients to Spain and sometimes even the US because service there is better, cheaper (yes, the US is now often cheaper to get medical treatment than the Netherlands), and available (no having to wait 6 months for open heart surgery for example).
Knowing the quality of Spanish hospitals (my parents live there, they've needed the service several times) I'd have no second thoughts about trusting my health to a Spanish medical team.
In fact, I'd trust them sooner than a Dutch doctor...
ME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1111 times:
Quoting Jwenting (Reply 8): sending patients to Spain and sometimes even the US because service there is better, cheaper (yes, the US is now often cheaper to get medical treatment than the Netherlands), and available (no having to wait 6 months for open heart surgery for example).
while I have no doubts about the point that US-institutes are definitely leading in fields like heart-surgery, cancer-surgery and oncology, the question is why only Spain. On a holiday-trip to Crete, an (rich) elderly lady I knew had a bad accident within the hotel and was cared for in the superb hospital of Heraklion. I for many years went to a dentist of Bulgarian origin in Zurich, and got the best service ever. So, they might study co-operation with institutes in countries like Bulgaria, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.