The EU Directive on cross-border healthcare gives you the right to purchase healthcare services in another EEA country and to aplly for reimbursement from your National Health System. Going abroad can cut a dental bill by 70%!
The EU Directive gives you the right to purchase healthcare services in another EEA country and to aplly for reimbursement from the National Health System, as long as the treatment is medically necessary and would be made available to you under the NHS. It covers both treatment given in state-run hospitals and by private service providers.
In most cases, you will have to pay the costs upfront. You can claim reimbursement when you return, up to the amount the treatment would have cost under the NHS. Prior authorisation may be required in some cases. This will confirm whether you are entitled to the treatment and the level of reimbursement you can expect. It will also ensure that you are aware of all the possible treatment options within the NHS, which may be more convenient for you than going abroad.
‘Dental tourism’ is a growing phenomenon, with thousands of people travelling to Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria and even India and Thailand to take advantage of the relatively low-cost, high-quality dental treatment available. Many patients combine treatment with a holiday.
Going abroad can cut a dental bill by 70%! This compares with the cost of treatment in the UK – but before flights and accommodation are added on.The most common treatment are implants. Customers having treatment in the UK can expect to pay an average of £2,000 for each implant. This compares with between £800 to £1,200 for one in Poland or Hungary. The difference in cost of less major procedures is also significant. A veneer costs about £500 in the UK – but £270 in Hungary, £215 in Poland and £150 in Thailand.
Why consider Poland for medical tourism?
Medical tourism has been on the increase in Poland over the last few years, and the number of medical procedures, particularly in the area of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic dentistry has been rising dramatically. Medical tourists started to arrive in significant numbers from around 2003 and today, people from all over the world choose to have their private cosmetic surgery or dental treatment in Poland.
Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and its capital city is Warsaw, known as Warszawa. Other major cities include Krakow (or Cracow), Gdansk, Poznan, Lodz, Szczecin and Wroclaw. Clinics tend to be based in the major cities of Warsaw or Krakow. Warsaw is the business and the political centre of Poland and lies almost in the middle of the country while Krakow in the south west, is the former capital and recognised as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site.
English, German and Russian is spoken in most of the urban centres in Poland, and most tourist facilities have good linguistic abilities. A number of medical tourism companies offer packages which include dentist abroad treatment. Before or after their cosmetic or dentistry treatment visitors can enjoy a tour of Krakow’s Old Town and enjoy any of the atmospheric cafés in Old Market Square. Poland has a changeable climate, with plenty of snow in the winter months and a hot summer. Spring begins in March and the climate can be quite pleasant during the months of April, May and June, becoming very hot in July.