Dental tourism, basically a part of the medical tourism industry, has seen considerable growth in recent years. Though the medical tourism industry has seen growth, dentistry has been the most acceptable and the most traveled for treatment in this industry. This article will highlight a few reasons why dental tourism has seen such wide acceptance.
Many patients from US, UK and Canada travel for dental treatment. In the US, almost 1/3 of the population does not have dental insurance. In UK and Canada, what prompts many patients to travel for their dental treatment is the long wait time. Patients sometime have to wait for a couple of weeks if not months for their dental appointment.
Cost saving is the most important factor for medical travel. Patients can experience cost saving of up to 50% to 90% depending on the country they travel to. South American countries such as Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica have become hot spots for dental medical tourists due to close proximity to the US and Canada and lower costs. People from European countries that have high cost of dental treatment, such as UK, Germany, prefer traveling to East European countries such as Hungary, Poland, Turkey etc.
The technology and techniques used in many medical tourism destinations also matched the best in the world. To attract medical tourists, dentists have started adopting the latest in technology such as dental implants and lasers and promoting their clinics. This coupled with lower costs has made dental tourism very attractive.
For those who are a bit more price sensitive and are willing to travel, Asian countries such as India, Thailand, and Malaysia are also good options. Dental treatment in these countries cost much less than their counterparts in South America and East Europe, but medical tourists traveling to Asia have to deal with culture shocks, long flights, communication barriers as well. Though in addition to the cost benefit, the technology and techniques used by dentists in Asia are at par with the developed nations.
In addition, there are various other factors that have helped medical tourism in the field of dentistry grow so rapidly.
As dental treatment is relatively a lower risk procedure, people are more willing to travel to neighboring countries for their treatment.
Dental treatments don’t require long recuperation time. Patients can leave as soon as the treatment is completed.
Medical tourists can also take advantage of the time between appointments to tour the country. Dental treatment doesn’t require you to be admitted to a hospital, thus giving patients the independence to move around.
Positive PR and good success rate has also added to the confidence to patients who are delaying their dental treatment and are unsure of traveling for their medical needs.
Medical tourism facilitators have also helped greatly in growing this industry as a whole. Traveling to a new destination for a medical procedure can be a bit overwhelming, but medical tourism companies, who do all the necessary work for you, have made the whole process seamless. They help remove all the If’s, And’s or But’s from the equation and provide a helping hand from the time you decide to travel till the time you safely complete your treatment and reach back home.
The positive aspect of dental medical tourism is that, at least now people have an option of getting the treatment they need.