3 Ways To Avoid Overpaying For Hidden Medical Costs

Would you ever buy a house without windows and doors?

How about a car that didn’t include the price of tires, mirrors, and headlights? Probably not. It actually sounds ridiculous. And like the responsible consumer that you are, you’d probably do your research first in order to find the best deal. Right? Sadly, when it comes to undergoing a medical or cosmetic procedure, patients are more likely to neglect the fine print. Whereas an average person takes 6-12 months before making a major purchase, when it comes to our health, we’re quicker to pull the trigger without fully understanding the cost breakdown.

Are You Paying More Than You Should?

As international travel becomes more affordable, medical travel, or medical tourism, is becoming a safe and economical option for those looking to save money without sacrificing quality. Driven by rising insurance prices, under coverage, and long wait times (see: Why Are Millions of People Choosing Medical Travel?), medical travel is sparking competition between European clinics looking to attract more international clients. In many ways, healthy competition is good. But like all good things, it leaves room for those looking to lure in patients with empty promises.

Take dental crowns and veneers, for instance. Cosmetic dentistry is a booming industry in Central Europe. Hundreds of online medical platforms are available to provide free quotes and facilitate your travel. However, some quotes- though extremely cheap- do not include all of the necessary treatment costs.

Recently, a dental clinic in Hungary was quoting patients 4,500 EUR for 12 full ceramic crowns. Several patients reported arranging their surgeries, as well as flights and accommodation, only to find that the original price did NOT include the price of Kofferfam (dental dam), anesthesia or the temporary crowns.

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Similarly, breast augmentation is notorious for hidden costs and caveats. A common trap is when clinics advertise low prices, but only if a specific, often lower-quality, implant is used. The leading problem with cheap implants is that patients are more likely to experience corrective surgery down the road- often costing more than the original surgery.

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Law comments, “Some physicians promote low-priced breast augmentation, only for a patient to discover that the price is only for one type of implant, with one type of incision…then, the “bait and switch” ensues.” He continues to explain, “A different implant will cost more…an anesthesiologist will cost more…[and] then, just like buying a used car, the price will shift from the total price to monthly payments with a financing plan that could be very regrettable. This is a huge red flag.”

“Some physicians promote low priced breast augmentation, only for a patient to discover that the price is for only one type of implant, with one type of incision…then, the “bait and switch” ensues.”

Unfortunately, read the fine print quotes are popping up all over the globe. The good news is, you can protect yourself with these three, simple tips:

1. Request A FULL Cost Breakdown

The is especially important for patients traveling abroad and negotiating quotes online. Whether you are working directly with the clinic or using an online medical travel platform, you have the right to know exactly what you are paying for. Below is a patient quote for 12 full ceramic crowns from two separate dental clinics in Prague, the Czech Republic. In this case, transparency is key. Otherwise, you could end up paying a la carte for things such as anesthesia, bandages, drains, medication and overnight recovery time.

Price Offer Summary

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Schill Dental, Prague, the Czech Republic

  2. Only Work With Accredited Clinics & Surgeons

This may seem obvious, but thanks to technology, any clinic or surgeon with a sexy new website may seem legitimate. Memberships and certifications to look for include:

  • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS)
  • British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) 
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

A trusted clinic will typically display their accreditation and provide explicit pricing. A board certified surgeon will likely do the same. If you are using a medical platform, make sure they only partner with accredited clinics. Also, ensure that they are providing quotes directly from the clinic.

3. Cheaper Isn’t Always Cheaper

Undergoing a medical or cosmetic procedure is not like negotiating a new data plan. While it’s important to find an affordable treatment, it is certainly not everything. And often you end up paying more than the slightly more expensive treatment.The patients who went to the Hungarian dental clinic ended up paying a total of 64006900 EUR. This is approximately 2,000 EUR more than the original quote.

To avoid a similar fate, treat your procedure like buying a new car. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schulman adds,”While [there] are legitimate ways to keep costs down…some doctors cut costs other ways. Some may choose to lower costs by using poorly qualified staff and non-board-certified anesthesiologists. Others may obtain medications, supplies, and even breast implants from overseas distributors where prices are lower but standards are more lax. These are all things that can place your results – and personal safety – at risk.”

Basically, it is important to take your time. Weigh your options, do your research, and remember that it is your health (and wallet) that will ultimately pay the price.

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4 Reasons Why The Czechs Are Medical Pioneers

Golden Czech Hands And Clever Czech Heads

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Dallas Wiens, 25, was severely injured when his head touched a high-voltage electrical wire while working inside a cherry picker.

Zlaté české ručičky a chytré české hlavičky is an old Czech proverb, meaning “golden Czech hands and clever Czech heads.” In 2011, a team of surgeons gathered around an operating table in Boston, Massachusetts to perform the nation’s first (and world’s third) full facial transplant. Lead by renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, the patient’s nose, palate, upper lip, and facial skin, muscles, and nerves was successfully replaced with those of a deceased donor. Born in former Czechoslovakia, Dr. Pomahac’s groundbreaking achievements in plastic surgery are celebrated universally and abroad. As for the rest of the medical community, the newly named, “Czechia”, is setting the bar extra high when it comes to performance and innovation.

In a country known more for its medieval castles, hockey, and of course, beer, the Czechs are just as serious about their medical contributions. Check out 4 ways the Czechs are ahead of the game:  

1. The “Heart” Of Europe

Faithfully beating more than 100,000 times a day, the heart is unquestionably one of our most vital organs. Landlocked between Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, the Czech Republic is often referred to as “The Heart of Europe”

Appropriately, the Czechs are world leaders in cardiac surgery; performing the country’s first successful heart transplant in 1984. Recognized for their excellent system of healthcare for those suffering from acute coronary symptoms- especially the treatment and prevention of heart attacks- the Czech Republic is also home to state-of-the-art cardiovascular centers as well as some of the world’s top cardiac specialists.

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Da Vinci Xi. The widely universal word “robot” was first coined by Czech brother Karel and Josef Čapek.

Since 2005, Prague’s Na Homolce hospital has been using robotic technology to assist in various surgeries, including cardiac. In 2016, they added a new, upgraded member to their surgical team. His name? Da Vinci Xi. Controlled by a human surgeon, Da Vinci Xi’s mechanical arms offer precision that would not otherwise be possible.

2. Second Chances 

In 1932, the Czech Republic became the first country in the world to recognize plastic surgery as an independent branch of medicine. Many Czech surgeons, including Dr. Pomahač, have received international acclaim; and their success is no accident. After a minimum of 6 years at an accredited university, medical students must pass a rigorous series of exams followed by a two years residency with an experienced practitioner. It can be nearly a decade before they ever perform an operation.

While working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. Pomahač became increasingly interested in the subject of face transplants. In 2009, the first partial face transplant was successfully completed in France. Four years later, Dr. Pomahač and his surgical team performed a 17-hour operation to reconstruct the severely disfigured face of James Maki, age 59. In 2011, Dr. Pomahač led a team of 30 physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists for more than 15 hours to complete the first full transplant in the USA (see photo above).

3. Fighting Infertility

Since 1978, nearly 5 million babies have been born thanks to infertility treatment- specifically IVF. In
1984, the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) became one of the first countries to pioneer In Vitro Fertilization and facilitate a successful birth.

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As of 2017, the Czech Republic is home to over 30 fertility clinics and centers.

According to NHS, 1 in 7 couples will have difficulty conceiving. Determined to help millions of men and women realize their dream of starting a family, the Czechs continue to invest a fortune in comprehensive IVF centers and extensive reproduction procedures. Today, they rank among the highest IVF success rates; 70 % in cases involving donated eggs. Czech legislation also plays a critical role in the rapidly growing field. It permits anonymous donation and the option to choose the physical characteristics of the donated egg or sperm in order to prevent serious genetic diseases.

As a result, the Czech Republic attracts thousands of couples from around the world coming for “IVF Holidays”. Significantly cheaper than treatment in the United States or the UK, IVF prices can start as low as 2500 Euros and egg donation from 3800 Euros. The Czechs offer affordable options without compromising safety and quality.

4. In Utero 

Approximately 1 in every 5,000 women is born without a uterus, cervix, and upper vaginal canal. The rarely-discussed, devastating syndrome, MRKH, makes it impossible to carry a fetus to term.

Historically, women with MRKH have had very few options, one of which being a uterus transplant from a live donor. In 2016, Czech doctors from the Prague-based Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) performed the sixth of now thirteen worldwide uterus transplants. Czech experts say that the next step is transplanting from dead donors. For thousands of women, this means the opportunity to carry and give birth.

Meet Salutara- Helping Patients Navigate The New World Of Medical Travel

Medical Travel: The New Frontier

Quality, affordable healthcare is on the forefront of minds around the world. Out-of-pocket medical costs for critical and elective procedures continue to skyrocket, and nations offering universal care are struggling to keep up with the demand. As a result, millions of patients are crossing borders each year in order to access better healthcare options, save money, and cut down on increasingly long wait times. According to Patients Beyond Borders, the worldwide medical tourism market is estimated to be growing at a rate of 15-25%.

In a recent interview with Martin Cvetler and Petr Vankat, co-founders of Salutara, they discuss how Salutara.com is helping patients navigate the new world of medical travel, and how they plan to revolutionize the medical tourism industry.

Q: Hi Petr and Martin! Tell us a little bit about Salutara. Where did the inspiration to start an online medical travel platform come from?

Petr: Some people believe that traveling is the best way to enrich your life, and I completely agree. Several years ago I was visiting a friend in Switzerland, and came across a local travel agent who was providing citizens of the beautiful Swiss town, Thun, a chance to take advantage of high quality yet significantly lower priced Hungarian dentistry. It stroke me as a brilliant idea! I started imagining how great it would be to give people the means to find the perfect treatment, clinic and doctor, anywhere in the world.

A friendly, coherent online platform seemed like the easiest way to provide simple communication and allow patients to book their procedures directly. My mother is also an eye surgeon, so and I grew up around doctors. It only made sense.

Martin: There were other online platforms out there at the time we started building Salutara.com, but none that provided users with full, end-to-end service. Our idea wasn’t to be the same, and it still isn’t. We’ve created Salutara.com to be something like the Booking.com of medical treatments, although finding a clinic and booking a medical treatment is certainly not the same as booking a hotel room. When you’re working with patients from all over the world, with real medical concerns, building trust is the main concern.

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Co-Founder, Petr Vankat and Salutara dental client, Ingrid, USA, sightseeing in Prague before her procedure.

Q: What are some of the main advantages of traveling abroad for medical treatments? 

Martin: There are plenty of advantages of traveling abroad for a medical treatment. Shorter wait times, better quality, and lower prices to name a few. Patients generally want top quality for a reasonable and affordable price. Today, prices can vary 2-3 fold depending on the country. Recently, a client traveled from the USA for 5 days of extensive dental treatment. In total, she spent 8,800 USD. Back home in the USA, the same procedure would easily cost 3 times more.

Price aside, she was also extremely happy with the quality of the clinic in the Czech Republic. Based on her experience, she felt that it was better equipped than some US clinics.

Q: What is the most frequent question (or concern) patients have before traveling abroad for a medical procedure? 

Petr: Price, quality and language spoken- in this order. As Martin mentioned, most people ask for good quality for an affordable price, however, some prefer quality regardless of price. And as far as languages, we direct our customers to clinics and doctors equipped with particular language skills. In the near future we’ll be launching a concierge service including interpretation on site.

Martin: We also provide every client with multiple price quotes from different clinics so they can compare and get a good feel for the price level. Our goal is to provide clients with standardized quotes that are easy to understand and compare. Simplicity is key. Our clients have busy lives and we value their time.

Q: Let’s talk about Salutara.com. What features and capabilities does your full-service, online platform provide?

Martin: The ultimate solution is a user friendly platform that connects clients with clinics for unlimited online consultations, price quotes, date booking, trip planning (when going abroad), including the transportation and accommodation. At the same time, every client has a dedicated Salutara coordinator that helps with questions before and during the trip, and helps clients make the right, and best decision for them.

Petr: Adding to what Martin said, it is also a matter of common sense. We want to solve the annoying problems people face when doing it themselves? For instance, having to approach clinics with different price lists, exchanging lengthy, exhausting e-mail back and forth (often hard to keep track of), discussing different availabilities, language skills, and of course, finding credible patient reviews. This is what we are currently solving and working on.

Q: How do you support the patients before, during and after their medical travel?

Martin: As I said before, we do and provide everything that helps to make the right decision about the clinic. Once the date of a treatment is reserved, we help each client organize everything else, including the airport transfers, accommodation and anything else they might need at the destination. Once they arrive, we make sure they are at all of their appointments on time, arrange any necessary transportation, and accompany them to the clinic if they wish.

Petr: In addition, as well as you might appreciate to be asked how everything was before leaving a restaurant, we do the same before our clients leave the country of treatment and when they arrive home. Feedback is crucial for further improvement and it also gives Salutara’s customers a chance to share a few happy “after” pictures with us, which so far they’ve loved doing.

Q: What responsibilities do you have as one of the world’s leading medical travel platforms?

Petr: It’s a good question. We are responsible for providing a variety of transparent options for customers to choose from. All data needs to be accurate and quick response times are critical for urgent treatments . This is especially true for IVF, when every seconds counts.

Martin: As Petr said, accurate and extensive information is 100% necessary, and we do not believe in cutting corners. Speedy and relevant responses are also important, as well as honesty, trust and care.

Salutara Co-Founders, Martin (right) and Petr (left)

Online medical travel platform, Salutara, co-founders, Martin (right) and Petr (left)

Q: How do you ensure the safest and most comfortable experience for your patients? 

Petr: Clients have the option to ask for our Salutara welcome package. This includes having a personal assistant that picks them up at the airport, takes them to their hotel, and introduces them at clinic. It’s also totally natural to feel stressed before a surgery in a strange country. We understand that. Therefore, they appreciate having someone there, on the spot, ready to help provide comfort, courage and resolve any potential hick ups.

*Bringing patients a complimentary McFlurry or pumpkin spiced latte when there’s a sudden craving is just a bonus (smile).

Q: Your partnerships with clinics and physicians are a key factor in the patient’s success. How do you decide which partners meet your standards in order to provide highest level of service?

Petr: All of the clinics we work with are accredited, certified and members of various worldwide association. We do extensive research on each clinic beforehand recommending them to client. It’s also important to keep in mind that the medical field is very well connected, and the clinics we work with often recommend one another. For example, a dental clinic may recommend a plastic surgery clinic for cooperation. It is then our job to verify any personal bias- positive or negative. Also, you can tell a lot about a clinic from its management, staff and by looking into previous customers’ reviews. We take all customer feedback into consideration.

Q: Where do you see Salutara in the next few years? Which *new* treatments will you be offering?

Petr: Our goal to continually improve and provide more of what our clients want and need. In regards to treatments, there is a high demand on the market for laser eye surgeries – those are going to be next. Also dermatological procedures and so called mummy makeovers are to be added and later even more sophisticated treatments like knee or hip replacements and even proton cancer therapy.

Geographically, Salutara will expand its clinic offers to other countries such as Hungary, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand or Costa Rica and Mexico.

Q: Medical tourism is a booming industry, and shows no sign of slowing down. How does Salutara set itself apart from other medical travel agencies?

Martin: Well, in a way Salutara already has. A majority of agencies offer a limited scope of services focusing on a specific local market. For example, only bringing German customers to Hungary for dental treatments only. Salutara does not intend to be just ‘another agency’, per say, but the website/App which comes to mind every time you need a medical treatment. Salutara is transparent, easy to use, and an end-to-end service. Our goal is to facilitate direct communication with clinics/doctors, personal assistance and create a stress free process.

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In Vitro Fertilization: The Great Debate

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In 1978, the first “test-tube baby” was born. Since 1981, more than 5 million babies have been born thanks to infertility research and the science of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Since its infancy, IVF has been highly scrutinized, criticized and has stirred up plenty of moral controversy and debate. While the opposition has softened, with every advancement comes new resistance. To better understand the evolution of IVF, we’ve highlighted some of the benefits and drawbacks, as well as addressing the big questions.

1. Helping Couples Start A Family 

1 in 6 couples need medical help to have a baby. Millions around the world have realized their dream of having a baby through the process of IVF. It is becoming more and more common for women to start a family later in life. In the United States, the average age of new mothers is at an all-time high of 26 years. In 1970 it was 21.4. The average age of first time mothers in the UK is 28.5 years.

As women age, it is natural that fertility rates decrease. The proverbial “biological clock” begins to tick, and fertility rates decrease by 3-5% each year after age 30. After 40, fertility reduces to an even greater extent. Male infertility is also a major contributor. Nearly half of couples who cannot conceive experience infertility as a result of poor sperm quality. For couples who suffer from infertility, IVF is often the best and last solution to start a family. For many, what was once a dead-end road is now full of new possibility.

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2. Scientific & Medical Progress 

Another benefit of IVF comes from a scientific standpoint. IVF involves retrieving and fertilizing a woman’s eggs in a special laboratory before introducing the embryos to the uterus. By studying fertilization and early embryonic development outside the womb, scientists are learning more about the earliest stages of human life and possibly how to prevent certain birth defects. The mind behind the first IVF baby, 2010 Nobel Prize Winner, Laureate Robert Edwards, was extremely outspoken about the far-reaching medical and scientific benefits of IVF.

In 2003 he told the London Times: 

“[IVF] was a fantastic achievement, but it was about more than infertility. It was also about issues like stem cells and the ethics of human conception. I wanted to find out exactly who was in charge, whether it was God himself or whether it was scientists in the laboratory…Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child that carries the heavy burden of genetic disease. We are entering a world where we have to consider the quality of our children.”

While Edwards was undoubtedly on one end of the spectrum, there is no arguing the scientific and medical ‘miracles’ IVF continues to pioneer. The Human Fertility & Embryology Authority (HFEA), also plays a large role in the development of reproductive medicine. In 2004, HFEA granted the first license to a clinic to screen embryos for diseases they might develop as adults.

3. Too Much Risk  

For those against IVF, objections began well before the first test tube baby, when no one even knew if the science would work. Critics feared the possibility of deformed babies and terminal illnesses. Even DNA co-discoverer, James Watson, warned Edwards, “You can only go ahead with your work if you accept the necessity of infanticide. There are going to be a lot of mistakes. What are we going to do with the mistakes?”

Today we can dismiss many of the most extreme concerns from half a century ago. However, like any medical procedure, IVF doesn’t come without some risk. We know that Multiple Births (Gestation), increases with IVF. If a transfer to the uterus includes more than one embryo, the risk of a pregnancy with multiple fetuses increases. Often this results in a higher risk of premature labor and low birth weight. Even if only one fetus develops, IVF slightly increases the risk of a premature delivery and low birth rate.

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4. Destroying The Traditional Family

Another popular concern was that IVF would ultimately destroy the nuclear family. Many believed that traditional marriage would be replaced by laboratory breeding, or something resembling a science fiction novel. The most conservative feared and opposed the creation of new, non-traditional families, while some feminists worried that the pressure on women to have children would increase. Others worried that so-called, “test tube babies” would be rejected as social outcasts. Biologist, Lee Silver argues:

“Here’s a technology which is almost always used to allow a married man and woman to have a child, to form a family…IVF facilitates a very, very traditional outcome, which is a mother and a father and children.”

Today this concern is diminishing, and so is the concept of ‘traditional’ altogether. With the aid of donor sperm and eggs, and sperm and egg banking (preservation), it is possible for same sex couples, and single women to have a baby. New, ‘alternative’ families are more common and accepted.

5. Playing God 

Not all IVF criticism hangs on bad outcomes. Others considered IVF innately wrong because it is ‘unnatural’. These critics have silenced over time, but many still argue that IVF scientists are attempting to “play God”. In a statement from the Vatican, the Catholic Church states, “Fecundation must be carried out according to nature and through reciprocal and responsible love between a man and a woman.” 

Recently, a technique called Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) has been the topic of much debate. PGD allows scientists to test and correct genetic disorders while the embryos are outside of the body, before transfer to the uterus. IVF specialist at the University College Hospital London, Dr Paul Serhalat, addressed the issue:

“Of course some people feel uncomfortable when doctors start to interfere with nature and others wonder where it will end. Where does society draw the line-at the colour of a baby’s eyes?” 

As it stands, choosing the sex of a baby is against the law in the UK. However, it is legal in other countries, such as the United States. HFEA states that the use of PGD may only for certain severe or life-threatening disorders at a limited number of clinics. As of 2008, HFEA also banned sex selection for non-medical reasons.

6. The “New Normal” 

Each year, thousands of babies are born with the help of infertility treatment, such as IVF. Like all new technology or scientific advancements, people are often ‘skeptical’ at best, and fearful at worst. Today IVF is a mainstream medical procedure. Traditional couples, same sex couples, and single women all over the world are pursuing the dream of starting a family and for many, IVF is the best solution. To deny any human the possibility to procreate is a moral controversy in itself. 

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Central Europe: The New Heart Of Cosmetic Dentistry

Patients from the US, UK and Western Europe are packing their bags and heading to Central Europe for cheap, quick and quality dental work.

Creating The Perfect Smile

Cosmetic dentistry has quickly become the fastest growing field in the dental industry, as well as the medical tourism market. In the past, dentistry has largely focused on prevention and restorative problem-solving, and while it still does, the advent of cosmetic dentistry has provided additional elective treatments to the everyday patient in search of the healthiest and most beautiful smile -the perfect smile.  

There is no shortage of treatments to select from. Patients are opting for everything from teeth whitening procedures to composite bonding, porcelain and composite veneers, crowns, bridgework, dental implants, inlays and onlays. For a complete list of treatments, visit our full cosmetic dentistry treatment guide.

While cosmetic dentistry is on the raise, prices are still considerably high in the US, UK and parts of Western Europe. UK prices for private dentistry are notoriously steep, and finding a practice that accepts NHS can be time consuming and nearly impossible in some cases. Even with coverage, patients are often hit with hefty additional charges, making it more than the cost for a similar treatment abroad. In the US, only the most basic dental care is covered by health insurance plans, leaving more than 150 million Americans without dental coverage.

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Putting Central Europe On The Map

In recent years, Central European countries have capitalized on cosmetic dentistry, catering to the medical tourism population. Global leaders, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland have made considerable investments in ultra-modern, state-of-the art clinics, especially in their capital cities, to attract patients. As a result, this has created a highly competitive industry, ensuring that top-notch service and the latest technology and equipment are of the foremost priority. Many dentists are also trained internationally and a proficient level of english is absolutely necessary for both dentists and their staff.

To no surprise, medical tourists are flocking to these countries by the thousands, taking advantage of the high standards of quality, convenient, low cost flights, great value and opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most adored cities.

Savings Worth Travelling For 

Patients are saving anywhere between 50% to upwards of 75% by packing their bags and travelling to Central Europe. In Hungary, which boasts more dentists per capita than any other country, patients may only pay £329/£379/ $429 for a single crown. In the UKthis could cost closer to £800/ €922 /$1045.

Similarly, and the shortest flight from the UK (1 hour and 45 minutes), lies the Czech Republic- the literal heart of Europe, and epicenter of cosmetic dentistry. It’s capital city, Prague, bursts at the seams with history and culture as well as cosmetic clinics. For patients seeking porcelain or composite veneers, prices may be as low as £247/€297/$322.

Uk prices average north of £600/692/$783. Cost of flight and two nights accommodation in Prague’s city centre totals less than £200/€230/$261 and wait times are typically low- some less than a week. The Czech Republic is also held to some of the most rigorous health regulations and accreditation requirements in Europe.

Leave Relaxed- And With A New Smile 

Into the bargain, Central Europe is home many of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Prague and others, ranking among the world’s TOP 50 cities on the Numbeo’s quality of life index. This list is largely influenced by the quality and affordability of healthcare, as well as safety and cost of living. 

Cosmetic dentistry, like medical tourism, has emerged and grown out of demand and necessity. Patients are finally looking outside of the box (and away from their local providers), and finding affordable, quality answers in Central Europe. Not only will your wallet be satisfied, but dental travel fulfills the dream of a perfect smile, while giving each patient some well deserved R&R and the remarkable opportunity to explore a new city and country.

John and Marie’s Heartening Journey Through IVF

We never thought it would happen to us. Infertility was “other couple’s problem”-not ours. John and I were in our early thirties, fit, active with absolutely no health problems. We were career driven and had spent the better part of our twenties working hard to achieve some kind of financial security in order to start a family. Yet, after nearly a year and a half of trying to conceive, we had nothing to show besides our sheer disappointment.

Dreams Of Starting A Family

Growing up in a family of five children, I had always pictured myself as the modern day mum with a gaggle of screaming child running around the house, food and paint splattered on the walls and ceiling. John (35) and I (34) met in law school and one of the things that helped solidify our relationship, and later our marriage, was the shared dream of having a big family. John, like myself, came from a large family (the oldest of four boys) and becoming a father had always felt like part of his destiny. We were used to working hard at school and in our firms, but starting a family had always seemed like something that would come easy, and naturally when the time was right. Neither of us could have imagined that infertility would soon become one of the most challenging, exhausting, yet rewarding journeys of our life.

Our infertility journey began in Cardiff, Wales, were John and I lived and worked at the time. We first visited our general practitioner and he recommended we visit a fertility specialist in town and begin discussing our options. John and I knew from the start that we might not be able to rely upon our national healthcare system, NHS, to help fund our treatment. One year prior, friends of ours (both 34 at the time) were approved for IVF treatment under NHS, but were only covered for two full cycles and placed on an 8 month waiting list due to a lack of approved Welsh clinics. Even for women under the age of 35, it may take up to 3-4, sometimes 5-6 full cycles of IVF until successful. After two unsuccessful cycles they ended up seeking treatment from a private clinic in London, where each round cost north of £6,000, and this did not include the initial consultation, necessary STD testing or hormone stimulation medication.

The NHS state that around 32.2% of IVF treatments for women aged 35 or under result in live births, this percentage declines with the age of the woman being treated, by the time a woman is 44 there is just a 1.9% chance of success.

Eventually John and I were approved under NHS and put on a 6 month waiting list. In the meantime, I joined numerous online forums, investigated clinics, and read every infertility book I could get my hands on. It was amazing how quickly my life became consumed with the topic of infertility. John used to tease me about the ridiculous amount of knowledge I had about IVF, even before our first treatment, but I think we both knew my information obsession was a distraction from my fear of maybe never becoming a mother.

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We we finally began our first treatment cycle at a clinic in Wales where our physician explained that the case of our infertility was due to contributing factors- from both John and myself. For women, with each passing year of ovulation the number and quality of available eggs diminish. By age 30, the chances of having a baby begins to decrease by 3-5% each year. After age 40, fertility reduces to an even greater extent. After a semen analysis, it was also revealed that John had a below average sperm count- likely due to environmental factors such as “gender-bending” chemicals and or other lifestyle influences.

We proceeded with the first cycle, and our physician was able to extract several healthy embryo to be fertilized and transferred. At the time, and according to other IVF patients I’d spoken with, it’s common to go into your first cycle with an “all-or-nothing” mentality. Any fertility specialist worth their salt will tell you that 3 or more full IVF cycles may be required before becoming pregnant, but this is easy to forget when you’re in the physical, emotional midst of it all.

When the cycle was complete, John and I waited the necessary two weeks before taking an at home pregnancy test. The results? Negative.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

I was crushed, but John encouraged me to stay positive and that we’d keep trying. Typically after the first cycle it is possible to begin a second cycle after one or two complete menstrual cycles, however, with the long wait times we knew that time was not in our favor be staying in the UK. That is when I hopped back on the web and started to do some research. It was time for a new plan.

Within days I had posted on every IVF discussion board I could find, joined online support groups and exchanged dozens of emails with other patients in search of a better solution. To my surprise, an overwhelming majority recommended I look at clinics abroad. I was not convinced. Surely people were going abroad for lower prices, but didn’t this mean quality would suffer? Luckily many other former patients (many of which are now happy parents) had this same concern in the beginning. A woman named Ava from Germany, who became an IVF pen pal of sorts, wrote me the following:

“Don’t feel alone Marie, my husband and I had the same worries about quality and the state of the clinics abroad. We needed something affordable, but also with high standards and success rates. To help ensure that we find a trustworthy clinic we began working with a medical travel facilitator. This changed everything. We were able to compare quotes, explore each clinic and their accreditations, speak with our physician directly and in addition, all of our travel and accommodation was arranged for us. It helped eliminate a lot of stress during the process and we finally felt like we had someone on our side.”

Still hesitant, I didn’t see the harm in reaching out to a medical travel facilitator myself. It didn’t take long until I started to see why Ava was so keen on her discovery. I was immediately provided with quotes, clinic profiles, step-by-step treatment guides, booking dates and travel options. It was full-service, and exactly what any (already stressed and mentally drained) IVF couple could ask for. John was on board and in 3 weeks we were on our first trip to Prague, Czech Republic.

Setting Our Sights Abroad

As soon as we arrived we were greeted at the airport by our medical travel representative. After being escorted to our hotel to check in, John and I had our initial consultation at a state-of-the-art clinic, lasting about 90 minutes. Before leaving Wales, we’d been prepped on what medical documents to bring from our previous IVF treatment, so everything was prepared. Our physician discussed the treatment plan with us in detail, completed the standard testing and administered my hormone stimulating medication. At this time some couples chose to travel home and divide their treatment into two trips, but after the strain John and I’s relationship had been under the past few months, and with the help of our full-service facilitator, we decided to turn this IVF cycle into a mini-holiday.

For about 6 days we enjoyed Prague’s stunning views, cobblestone streets and old world charm, relaxing in our hotel and finally spending some quality time together that didn’t involve appointments and clinic waiting rooms. During this time one ultrasound was performed to monitor the stimulation and assess the outcome.

shutterstock_153759038After 7 days John and I returned to the clinic for the second phase. Once again, this included an embryo retrieval, sperm collections, fertilization period and embryo transfer. Our physician and I agreed to transfer two embryo- a standard number to increase success rates. An hour after the procedure, John and I were free to go. In all, our full-cycle (testing and medication included) cost £1944. With flights and accommodation included our total trip came to about £2900, still £3100 less than our friends in the UK. 

Two weeks after arriving home, John and I finally prepared ourselves for the second pregnancy test. The results: Positive! We were overwhelmed with joy. All the stress of the past two and a half years faded away in an instant and just three months ago we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world, Jenny.

Since IVF our lives have changed (for the better), and I’ve had a lot of people tell me how “brave” and “strong” John and I are for enduring the IVF process- but I think it’s more than that. IVF isn’t about bravery or strength, but instead at the core, about the unwavering desire to start a family, and the lengths you will go to make your dreams of parenthood a reality. It is a difficult process to undergo as a couple, both physically and emotionally, and we are eternally grateful for our families, the skills and knowledge of our talented physician, the clinic staff for making us comfortable. And above all, we are appreciative for the assistance and excellent service of our medical travel facilitator. Without their help and organization and we would have never connected the dots and made our trip, treatment, and new family possible.

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Europe’s Fastest Growing Country For Medical Tourism

Do you know who invented the first soft contact lenses?

How about the surgeon who completed the first full face transplant in 2011? Or the Nobel Prize nominated scientist who pioneered antiviral drugs crucial to the fight against HIV? Thanks to a small country in the heart of Europe, all of these scientific discoveries and technological advances have been made possible.

Medical Tourism: The Czech Republic

What it lacks in size, the Czech Republic surely makes up in innovation, coining the old Czech proverb “Zlaté české ručičky a chytré české hlavičky” or “golden Czech hands and clever Czech heads.”

In keeping with tradition, the Czech Republic, an EU member since 2004, has recently become one of the most sought after destinations for medical tourism. Its capital city, Prague, often referred to as the “Jewel in the Crown” of Europe, or “The City of a Hundred Spires”, is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world, enchanting more than 7 million visitors each year. Now, the vibrant and historical Czech capital is attracting more than just its usual beer and culture seeking crowds, but also thousands of medical travelers in need of everything ranging from cosmetic dentistry, breast augmentation and liposuction to “tummy tucks”, LASIK eye surgery and IVF. Other notable cities in the Czech Republic include Brno, Ostrava, and Pilsen.

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Only a two-hour plane ride from London, its close proximity to the UK and Western Europe has made the Czech Republic the ideal location for those seeking medical procedures abroad. Along with its convenience, the Czech Republic maintains the highest standards of professionalism and top-notch quality, and considerably low prices when compared to other countries.

According to Iveta Jabouková of the Czech Tourism board, nearly  3 million CZK (£94,290/€109,978) has been dedicated to boosting the Czech Republic’s medical tourism profile this year alone.

Why Are People Choosing Medical Tourism?

This year, an estimated 11 million patients will hop on a plane, train or drive across borders for a medical treatment. Recently, Western Europe and the UK have felt the impact of major public sector cuts, resulting in a decrease in the quality of medical care in countries such as Germany, France, and Great Britain. Less spending on public healthcare has resulted in longer wait lines and understaffed hospitals and clinics.

Recent stats show that the average wait time for an approved treatment in the UK is more than 18 weeks- the worst it’s been in 7 years. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), covers routine screenings, treatment for the long-term condition and end-of-life care, but often excludes prescription costs, optical and dental services, and infertility treatments such as IVF. Unapproved patients are forced to seek out expensive private practices, which are often unaffordable.

Fed up with long waiting lists, uninsured procedures, and hefty prices, an increasing number of people are looking overseas for medical care. When the quality of care, wait time and cost are considered, it makes a lot of sense. Financial savings from medical tourism can be significant. For instance, a silicon breast augmentation in the UK costs £3,400-£5,000 (3,965-5831). In the Czech Republic, an all-inclusive surgery will cost you £2,600 (3,032) including travel, accommodation, and insurance.

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Similarly, dental veneers in the UK or United States can cost anywhere between £400-1000 (466-1,166) per tooth, depending on the material used.In the Czech Republic, costs may be as low as £290 (338) per tooth including the preparation, local anesthesia, and patient care. On average, medical tourism can save patients anywhere from 30-80% and keep wait times as short as one week.

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What To Expect in the Czech Republic

While cheaper prices are attractive, the superior quality of care is what sets the Czech Republic apart. Its medical industry is highly regulated and there are strict state regulations and accreditation requirements for all healthcare facilities, both state-operated and private. Accredited organizations such as ISO and JCI ensure that patients receive world-class treatment. Many private clinics provide ultra modern facilities. This ensures that each client has a luxurious place to stay during their treatment and recovery, as well as round-the-clock care.

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And if you think to become a medical professional in the Czech Republic was a park in the walk- think again. First, medical students must graduate from their accredited universities after a minimum of six years. Next, they must pass a series of first level exams followed by a two years residency with an experienced practitioner. For instance, a plastic surgeon must spend two years in general surgery and four years studying plastic surgery theory and gaining practical practice in a state-certified clinic before ever having the opportunity to operate themselves.

Over the past 2 decades more and more western-style, privately owned clinics have opened throughout the country.Quite often they are run by Western-trained doctors. English literacy is high, especially in Prague, and with cultural differences at a minimum, it is perfect for seasoned or first-time medical traveler.

All in all, the Czech Republic is the perfect place to relax and recoup after a procedure. It is also ideal for a pre or post-op sightseeing holiday and soaking in everything the city has to offer- a much-needed break from the daily grind. You gain quality of care and keep money in your wallet, all the while having an opportunity to experience one of Europe’s finest cities.

Why The Infertility Blame Game Is So Last Century

For centuries, woman have been the subject of infertility blame and scrutiny. But is it actually a man’s problem? And seriously- should it matter?

Fertility Of The Gods

Infertility is a tale as old as time. Literally. Difficulty with conception has been a major social and medical fixation throughout human history, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians. Medicine at the time was steeped in magic, and infertile women had their own fertility god, Nephtys. However, problems conceiving were not considered divine punishment, but an illness that needed to be diagnosed and treated. Women underwent thorough examinations based on the idea that the genital organs were in continuity with the rest of the body. This way of thinking was adopted by many medieval physicians and practised for hundreds of years. Male infertility was also often discussed in ancient medical records.

Centuries later, Jewish medicine would dominate, and embrace a more biblical view from the Old Testament. Religion was science, and sin was believed to be the reason women were not fruitful to “multiply and replenish the earth”. Problems conceiving were considered a divine curse, and male infertility was not recognized. This belief and fear prevailed throughout the Middle Ages.

Coming Of Age

It was not until the Renaissance that magic and the gods were replaced by the first real concepts of modern medicine. Breakthroughs in medicine and science soon resolved many mysteries of the human anatomy and in particular, the female body. By 1562, very primitive forms of artificial insemination emerged as husbands were being advised to put their finger in the vagina after intercourse to promote conception. Although great advancements were being made, infertility was still synonymous with women. It was rare the man was considered as the cause.

During the next several hundred years the world would witness the first “test-tube baby”, born in 1978, and in 1981, the first baby via IVF. Today more than 5 million babies have been born thanks to fertility research and the science of in vitro fertilisation.

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So Who’s To Blame?

The short answer is- no one. Today nearly 1 in 6 couples need medical help to have a baby. Yet, despite incredible achievements in modern medicine and the knowledge physicians and scientists have about fertility, society as a whole still points the infertility finger in one direction.

Women

Women may face infertility problems for a number of reasons, most notably being age.

Women are born with a finite number of eggs- one to two million to be exact. These eggs are stored in the ovaries and released throughout the reproductive years, usually beginning between the ages of o10-15 years old. With each year of ovulation, the number and quality of eggs diminish. By 30 the chances of having a baby begin to decrease by 3-5% each year. After 40, fertility reduces to an even greater extent. For women who wish to begin a family later in life this can be a major issue, and IVF is often a last resort.

Other leading causes include damage to the fallopian tubes, which can be caused by pelvic infections, endometriosis, and scarring from previous pelvic surgeries. The fallopian tubes carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus, and damage may prevent contact between the egg and sperm. Hormones may also be the culprit. Some women experience problems with ovulation and the synchronized hormonal changes which promote the release of an egg from the ovary and the thickening of the uterine wall. The changes simply do not occur.

Men

Of the 1 in 6 couples who need help conceiving, nearly half of them are experience infertility as a result of poor sperm quality. Unlike women, men produce a constant supply of sperm, producing about 1,500 per second. During a single male orgasm, millions of sperm may be released, but only one will successfully fertilise the egg. Thanks to semen analysis, fertility specialists are able to determine a males sperm count, quality and motility. Many young, otherwise healthy, men are being affected and researchers believe it is a combination of diet, lifestyle and “gender-bending” chemicals. In other 1-5% of cases, the cause of male infertility may be due to a blocked duct, obstructing the semen from ejaculating fully.

While the lack of knowledge about male infertility is prevalent throughout society, the frightening part is the ignorance about infertility some healthcare systems continue to demonstrate. Often without hesitation, focus is put on the woman when couples seek help. This could led to many invasive, complex (and costly) fertility treatments.

In an interview with Mail Online, UK couple, Dennis and Kelly Robinson, open up about their experience with the NHS and male infertility.

When Dennis and his wife Kelly, 33, went to their GP after struggling for 18 months to conceive, the doctor referred them to a gynecologist- by definition a specialist in women’s problems, despite the fact Kelly must have been fertile because she already had a son, Edward, from her previous marriage.

Kelly was subjected to half a dozen invasive examinations and tests which continued for more than a year and at one stage left her with a dangerous post-operative infection. Unsurprisingly, they all the showed she was fully fertile.

It was only then that medical attention was directed towards Dennis. Two straightforward and quick tests performed two months apart showed he had a very low sperm count.

The problem with male infertility is not that it exists, but that no one, including some medical professionals, is willing to talk about it. More and more studies also suggest that the male infertility epidemic is not a personal problem, but a major public health crisis.

Sedentary lifestyles and obesity can sabotage the reproductive capacity of men, as well as long-term harm from cigarettes. It’s even been found that by-products from some plastics mimic the effects of female hormones in the male body and are damaging to sperm.

Read More: IVF Explained In 5 Easy Steps

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Can Infertility Be Prevented?

Infertility may occur for a number of reasons, so their is no fool proof way to ensure prevention. However, to protect fertility, specialist strongly encourage both men and women to lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes:

  • Avoiding smoking cigarettes and marijuana
  • Avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Avoidong excessive alcohol use
  • Limiting sex partners and using condoms to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection
  • Stay at a body weight that is close to the ideal for your height

Infertility is not a “woman’s problem”- or a man’s

When partners find themselves having trouble conceiving, the first step is not to point fingers, but to consider both parties. Often times infertility is due to difficulties from both sides. It is necessary to find a medical professional or specialist who promotes testing the fertility of the man and woman before proceeding with any further procedures.

Also, and possibly more import, infertility can be emotionally draining. For couples who have dreamed of starting a family, experiencing infertility problems can be devastating. Furthermore, the testing and treatments themselves can be exhausting and frustrating. Instead of looking to the gods and playing the century old blame game, couples should approach infertility together-as a team.

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IVF Explained In 5 Easy Steps

Light is finally being shed on the once “hush-hush” infertility conversation, but the IVF process is still relatively unknown.

Not so long ago, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), seemed like something out of a sci-fi novel, coining the term, “test tube baby”. Today, advances in science and technology have long since turned the dream of starting a family into a reality for millions of couples and single parents. To better understand how IVF works we’ve broken it down into five easy steps.

1. Stimulation

After the initial consultation with a physician, which includes a standard STD test, sperm sample, and treatment plan, the woman is given a daily dosage of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This stimulates the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. During a woman’s natural cycle, several eggs develop in the ovaries but only one will reach maturity. Stimulation hormones are used so that several eggs in the ovary develop and mature. (7-10 days)

2. Egg Retrieval

Approximately one week after the first dose of hormone stimulation, a final dose of HCG is given to help promote egg maturity. Once the eggs are sufficiently matured, ovulation is induced and the egg retrieval process is safe to begin. This is generally done under general anesthesia and anywhere from 5-15 eggs may be removed. A fresh sperm sample may also collected from the male it this time. (approx. 30 minutes)

To complete one full IVF cycle it usually takes patients between 15-21 days. If travelling for IVF, patients may consider dividing their treatment into two trips. 

3. Fertilisation In Vitro

After the retrieval, the eggs are immediately taken to a lab where they are introduced to the sperm. Only some will become fertilized, and they will then be left to develop for 1 – 5 days. While waiting, the woman is typically given a special medication (progesterone) to help thicken the lining of the uterus and prepare for the embryo transfer. This is intended to increase chances of an embryo adhering to the uterine wall and developing naturally.(1-5 days)

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4. Embryo Transfer

At last, the embryos are ready to be transferred. It is not uncommon that two embryos be transferred in order to increase the success rate- however this is at the patient and physician’s discretion. Any fertilized embryos that are not used during the transfer can be cryopreserved and used for further transfers (cryo-embryo transfers). An hour after the embryo transfer is complete, the process is complete and the woman may go home. (5-10 minutes) 

5. Pregnancy Test

Two weeks after the embryo transfer, the woman is required to take a pregnancy test. This will reveal if the IVF cycle was successful or not. It is not uncommon that couples go through several cycles of IVF before successfully getting pregnant. Patients are usually asked to wait one or two complete menstrual cycles before beginning another IVF cycle.


Travelling For IVF

As the demand for IVF continues to grow, many patients are looking abroad to schedule their treatments- keeping quality high and costs down. Central Europe, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Greece have become popular destinations for hopeful couples. If you are thinking about travelling abroad for IVF, it is important to consider the time frame you are working in. If manageable, patients will sometimes split their cycle into two trips. For those travelling further distances, one trip is usually preferred. 

Trip 1: (1-2 Days)

With the help of a medical travel platform, patients are easily put in contact with their clinic and physician, and can go ahead and schedule the initial consultation. During this consultation routine testing, possible sperm sample and treatment plans are completed and the hormone stimulation medication is administered. After this the patient may stay or go home. 

Trip 2: (about 5-6 days) 

After taking the stimulation medication for 7-10 days, the patient will return and prepare for the rest of the cycle. This includes the egg retrieval, sperm sample, fertilisation period and embryo transfer. After the transfer is complete the patient is free to leave. The two week pregnancy test may be taken at home. 

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What You Need To Know Today About Medical Travel

What is medical travel?

Each year, over 11 million patients worldwide leave their home country for a medical treatment. This year, more than 200,000 Brits and 1.4 million Americans are expected to travel abroad for a medical treatment or procedure. Medical travel is the world’s fastest growing healthcare market and shows no sign of slowing down.

Often referred to as medical or health tourism, medical travel is an option for those seeking timely, efficient and affordable treatments. It is a global market of patients electing to travel across international borders to receive some kind of medical treatment. The first medical travellers set foot centuries ago. Ancient Greeks would journey from all over the Mediterranean to a small territory near the Saronic Gulf called Epidauria. According to the Greeks, this territory belonged to the healing god- the birthplace of medical travel. Nowadays, the most frequent treatments include dental care, cosmetic surgery, elective surgery and infertility treatment. Although there is no universal definition of medical travel, it generally does not include emergency cases or expatriates seeking medical care in their country of residence.

Why are people choosing medical travel?

The two main reasons people go abroad for a medical treatment are long-wait times and cost. Recent statistics show that the average wait time for an approved treatment in the UK is 18 more weeks or more- the worst in 7 years. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), provides free healthcare to nearly 64.6 million people; 54.3 million in England alone. As of 2016, this means nearly 1 million patients every 36 hours. The NHS covers everything from routine screenings, to treatment for long-term conditions and end-of-life care, but often excludes prescription costs, optical and dental services, and infertility treatments such as IVF. Unapproved patients are forced to seek out private practices, making many medical treatments unaffordable.

Read More: Why Brits Are Fed Up With Overpriced Medical Treatments

In the United States, healthcare costs continue to skyrocket. Individuals who must purchase health insurance on the open market are faced with an overwhelming number of choices. A comprehensive health insurance plan will run the average American $100 per month or more. For other health insurance consumers’, their choices are limited by their employer’s group health insurance providers. Still many medical treatments may end up being out-of-pocket- such as adult dental care, weight loss or cosmetic surgery and corrective eye surgery. For example, LASIK eye surgery in the UK or United States can cost anywhere between £1,432-£5527 per eye depending on the severity of the prescription. Abroad, costs may be as low as £750 per eye. Medical travel can save patients up to 80% with wait-times as little as 1-2 weeks.

Where are the most popular destinations?

An average medical travel patients saves about 30%-80% on the cost of their medical procedure or treatment at home. A patient’s goal is to find the best price without compromising the quality of care. This can be challenging as standards, costs, and areas of expertise vary by country. Traditionally, the medical travel market has been dominated by Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil as well as countries in Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia and India.

Sharing a common background or culture is important as well. Recently, European hospitals and private clinics have started promoting their services. Countries including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, are providing new opportunities and shorter travel times for medical travelers coming from the UK, Canada and the United States.

How do I plan my trip abroad?

Once deciding on the right country, the next step is selecting the right clinic. Treatment costs, convenience, and staff credentials and experience must be considered. Though some patients decide to go this step alone, millions use an online medical travel platform or agency to help. This saves valuable time during the decision-making process and elevates the headache and stress of doing research on your own. The purpose of a medical travel platform is not stand as a middleman, but rather to act as a facilitator and a resource. The aim is to put you, as the patient, in direct contact with the clinics, dentists, and surgeons, allowing your questions and concerns to be answered by the professionals.

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After speaking to your surgeon or dentist and selecting a clinic, the final step is to book a date. At Salutara, we assist you in arranging your flights, accommodation and transportation upon arrival. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel or accommodation. It is not uncommon for patients to schedule several extra days before or after their surgery to take advantage of the sites and culture in the country.

By using a medical travel platform, you not only gain a personal travel liaison but a personal advocate throughout the entire journey.

When can I get started?

Today! The purpose of medical travel is to make healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone. Unaffordable treatments and unbearable wait-times are no longer acceptable.

Medical travel platforms serve to make research and planning your trip quick and easy. From the comfort of your sofa you can search and compare prices, clinics and procedures, and get free online consultations and quotes. Once selecting a treatment and clinic, you’re also put in direct communication with your surgeon or dentist, so that all of your medical questions and concerns can be addressed by a professional.

Medical travel is changing the way million of people look at healthcare and saving them valuable time and money. So what are you waiting for?

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