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A quarter of all medical students at Hungarian universities come from abroad, and many Hungarian specialists teach and practice internationally. The main reasons for Hungary's leading role in European medical tourism are its long experience and practice on the international market. The success story began in the eighties, when Hungary was a popular destination for German and Austrian patients seeking top-quality dentistry and dental prosthetic services of Swiss standards. Since Hungary joined the European Union, medical tourism has become more varied and more international.
In fact, the cost of treatments and patient service is some much lower, that you can afford to fly to Hungary, undergo treatment, enjoy the sights, the culture and shopping offers in Budapest and still save up to 40-70 % on what you would have to pay in the UK, USA and Scandinavian countries. The most popular treatments and procedures amongst international patients are dentistry, plastic and orthopaedic surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, fertility treatments, dermatology and anti-aging treatments, obesity treatments, addiction programs and eye surgery (both general and ocular implantation).
Hungary will treat you well
Why not follow the thousands of satisfied customers from all over Europe who seek medical treatment in Hungary? We could say that the treatments offered in the country are cheaper and better than elsewhere, but we won't say that. Instead, we're trying to give you facts that make your decision for finding a destination that caters for your medical and cultural needs easier.
Easily accessible within Europe: Hungary, due to its ideal location in the centre of Europe, is easily accessed by low-cost flights from all over Europe.
Medical training in Hungary is world class. The doctors in order to continue to be able to practice, they must fulfil the requirement of an average of 50 hours of further education each year (twice as many hours as in most Western countries).
Good language skills: Thus you can rest assured that a good standard of English is spoken at all private clinics and hotels.
Accreditation: Hungary has a number of accreditation and license schemes applying to its institutions, such as the domestic accreditation schemes from the Hungarian Ministry of Health, and the National Health Commission and Medical Service. Some facilities are also recognised by the Care Quality Commission in the UK and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Good exchange rate: Thanks to the favourable exchange rate Hungary is now even more affordable for foreign patients. But Hungary is not just cheap; it is excellent value. The private clinics have invested heavily in their facilities and treatments to keep the market leader position in Europe and guarantee the highest Western European quality at internationally competitive prices.
Hungary for all kinds of budgets: Whether you are is looking for medical treatment abroad at a reasonable cost or are more interested in luxury travel, you can find it in Hungary. The possibilities range from city apartments through award-winning spa hotels to luxury five star hotels.
Medical tourism programs: Several clinics run medical tourism programs and packages, organising the entire trip including flights, accommodation, transfers and treatments. Furthermore, travellers can combine medical treatments with their holiday, discovering the 1000-year-old history of the country and the unique fusion of eastern and western cultures, while recovering from surgery in one of the many rejuvenating thermal spas.
The EU directive on cross-border healthcare (effective from 2013) clarifies and expands the rights of patients who seek healthcare in another EU member state. Patients will not only be allowed to receive healthcare in other member states, but will also be reimbursed up to the level of costs of the treatment at home. Also, each country must establish at least one national contact point for patients to get information about health providers, reimbursement procedures, and when prior authorisation is needed.
They say good health is priceless. In Hungary though, getting fit and fab, relaxed and radiant comes at a price. A price that you'll find really low for the outstanding expertise and quality of treatments you'll receive.