Crisis propagates all over the world. The economy system is not stable. You never know what might happen tomorrow. As a result people are desperately trying to save more money. In the same time everyone’s body needs remain the same. We have to take care of our health, especially of our teeth health. But when the time to act comes many of us have doubts about the real necessity of treating some small dental defects, considering the high prices of this kind of services. The solution to this problem is very simple, in fact, and it is known as dental tourism.
Today the dental tourism and the crisis become closer one to another. These two elements of people’s world act together, even if seem to be total enemies. The first one saves money while the second makes them to be lost. But the popular dental tourism is only the result of the recently appeared crisis. The dental tourism, as a part of the medical tourism, has existed for many years, of course. However the number of persons who began to practice it increases significantly. And the reason is obvious. Dental tourism during crisis saves more money and allows you to travel abroad and to have a great time.
The formula is very simple. Dental work costs in your native country should be higher then costs of the same treatment procedure in the country you want to travel plus additional costs. The last ones include the costs of the departure itself, hotel rooms, food, some extra activities like visiting well known places in the country you travel. In case you live in the US or Western Europe it is very convenient to treat your teeth in Eastern Europe or India. On average, costs in dental tourism countries are 70% less than in the UK and US.
Here are some examples. A dental felling in the US or UK costs about $300-400 while in Eastern Europe or India it costs only $20-40. The treatment of your root canal will take $3000 in the United States and only $100-200 in Hungary, for example. A denture costs about $1000 in the UK and $200 in India. As you can see the difference is big, especially when it comes to treat many teeth.
Despite the crisis and being developing countries, dental tourism countries offer high quality treatment. The cost of dental care is low in these countries because of the low cost of infrastructure. The quality of the treatment is however comparable to what is offered in the West. In fact, some dental tourism destinations form part of the Europe and the European Economic Area. Dentists in these countries are bound by the same regulations that are in force in the rest of Europe.
It’s a different matter when the crisis causes the recession of the number of local dental clinics. In this case people have to travel abroad to take the necessary care. Usually this kind of journey is not as convenient and pleasant as the one described above, especially when quick help is needed. There are cases when the necessary type of treatment is not available and the person has no other choice than to access the help of abroad dentists. Being done in a hurry this treatment creates a lot of risks. However it also represents a way that increases the dental tourism during the crisis.
We can notice that the dental tourism has two big advantages. The first one are the much smaller prices in the developing countries, even if the quality is usually the same. The second one is the combination between the dental treatment and a nice and relaxing vacation. Considering these two we realize why the dental tourism increases its popularity while the crisis is developing. Everyone has the chance to kill two birds with one stone.