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Health Tourism in Poland


clunkshift 2 | 82  
20 Feb 2007 /  #1
Speaking as a potential candidate for health tourism, what is the Polish viewpoint? The simple fact is that private health care in the UK is expensive and some body parts such as teeth are not fully covered by our national health service.

Just as I can travel to Poland and have a leather motorcycle suit made for ¼ of the UK cost, dental and other ‘cosmetic’ treatments are equally attractive.

Is this viewed by Poles as rich foreigners taking advantage and abusing their country’s facilities to the detriment of Polish residents, or as a worthwhile cash income that supports qualified people and prevents losing their skills abroad?

(note that Poland is not the only potential destination within the EEC)
eri  
20 Feb 2007 /  #2
Is this viewed by Poles as rich foreigners taking advantage and abusing their country’s facilities

Let me answer this way. Germans are coming to Poland in great numbers (like in 1939 he he) epecially for health tourism, and they dont have any scruples. You can have what your money can buy.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
20 Feb 2007 /  #3
Is this viewed by Poles as rich foreigners taking advantage and abusing their country’s facilities to the detriment of Polish residents, or as a worthwhile cash income that supports qualified people and prevents losing their skills abroad?

Most rather don't care.
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
26 Nov 2007 /  #4
Merged: Medical Tourism in Poland

Interesting article on the radio (in the UK) earlier today – about people travelling to places in Central and Eastern Europe to get value for money on cosmetic surgery. Lots of flippant remarks about “nip n tuck holidays”.

I was thinking about getting some dental treatment next time I'm over in Warsaw... am currently doing my research. I'd get much better value for money in a private clinic in Poland compared to what I'd pay in London.

Just wondered what the PF verdict was on this rather topical issue.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
26 Nov 2007 /  #5
a forum member (maybe 2) are about to launch a mediholiday comp with polish partners

pm me if you want further details
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
26 Nov 2007 /  #6
I know a lot of Poles living in Canada and USA who go back to Poland for dental treatments. The average savings is about 50%, even with plane tickets included as a part of the cost.

As for the quality, I hear it is at least the same, often better than what they get here.

Of course this will not apply to a small filling or dental cleaning, but rather fairly major procedures.
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
26 Nov 2007 /  #7
You do not need a "Clinic" for dental treatment, just a dentist who is recommended....lol
The last "filling replacement " I had in the UK cost £128.00. I have had some done here in Poland and the usual charge is 50 - 70 zloty (£10 - £14.00.)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
26 Nov 2007 /  #8
ive had loads of dental work done in poland - infact the last 2 times i went to the dentist was over there having got touroughly hacked off with what i was offered in the uk and the fact that i cant find a dentist without a 25 yr waiting list in my local area
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
26 Nov 2007 /  #9
a forum member (maybe 2) are about to launch a mediholiday comp with polish partners pm me if you want further details

Cheers - although I was looking at [statmedica.com/tourism.php?art=0] at the weekend, and have been in contact in order to find out prices etc

I am loking at getting veneers - my dentist in London is really having a laugh with some of the prices that he's quoted me LOL!
telefonitika  
26 Nov 2007 /  #10
i have to travel 12miles for a dentist me as none in my area :(
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
26 Nov 2007 /  #11
Just spent £4.5k on a couple of implants (teeth). Im not loaded but youre teeth are your teeth, if you know what I mean. Anyway, had complications and had to get further work done - glad I did them here as it was a big job.

I might get my veneers re-done and I would consider going to Pl for that.
Polanglik 11 | 303  
26 Nov 2007 /  #12
I have had dental work done in a very good practice in Krakow ..... it is not the cheapest in Poland, but about one third of the costs I would incur in UK. Very modern practice with all the latest technology - located just across Most Grunwaldzki (opposite side of Wawel Castle). My relatives , who are both doctors told me about this practice .... I wouldn't go anywhere else now to have my teeth seen to :o)

Also know of a very good dental practice in Saska Kepa, Warsaw; especially good with children.
Frank 23 | 1,183  
26 Nov 2007 /  #13
Yes, I have also used the services of a dentist in Warsaw, who told me she has regular clients from the UK and Nordic countries, indeed whilst I was there, a Danish client phoned and she fitted him in the next day!!

I was very pleased with her attitude, professionalism and end result - never mind the 70% saving on UK fees!
andy b 4 | 156  
26 Nov 2007 /  #14
After more than 4 years in Poland, I finally decided to visit a Polish dentist last week, and I was more than pleased with all aspects of the visit. More than an hour of work (mainly cleaning) set me back a reasonable 200zl. Everything was state of the art and the dentist spoke good English. I went to Vita Medical in Krakow.
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
26 Nov 2007 /  #15
I am very pleased with my Polish dentist, she is so fast that it seems a waste of time taking my coat off!!!!
Buddy 7 | 167  
27 Nov 2007 /  #16
Medicalholidays.com.pl launches in December. This company will tailor the care required to your needs and within you're budget. Apart from dentistry, cosmetic and non cosmetic surgery will be available. If you have any queries please pm Bubbawoo or myself thanks.

The company is based in gdansk. a couple of hours flight from Gatwick via easyjet.

The company is based in gdansk. a couple of hours flight from Gatwick via easyjet.
Harry  
27 Nov 2007 /  #17
I use a dentist in Warsaw called Art Dental. There are three main guys there: two are US citizens and both US trained dentists (as in graduated from US dental schools), one of them is also US certified (the only US certified dentist in Poland); the other dentist is a former professor at Paris dental school and the dentist who all of the most recent three French ambassadors to Warsaw have used.

They aren't the cheapest in town but they are not the most expensive either. I recently had a crown done: £180 for the crown and £80 for the post. They are by far the best dentists I've ever been to anywhere in the world. They are also very honest, a friend of mine recently went there on my recommendation. He was in agony and hadn't been to a dentist for 11 years. Most dentists would drill and fill for several hours and lots of cash. My dentist just had a look, said "You've got a gum infection, I'll clean it out and write you a prescription. But you don't need any fillings at all."

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