• zh-hans
  • tr
  • ru
  • fr
  • es
  • en
  • de
16 Oct 2018

Medical tourism in Hungary blooming

Medical tourism in Hungary bloomingLower prices, high medical standards, “greater respect for pain,” and doctors who speak fluent German and other languages have lured many European nationals to travel to Hungary to receive medical treatments.

The landlocked country in Central Europe is turning into the “Mecca” of dental tourism and other types of medical tourism, the German newspaper, Deutsche Welle, writes.

According to statista.com, a number of 6,083 dentists were employed in Hungary in 2016. In Budapest, the number is on the rise, just as in other smaller cities close the Austrian border. The town of Mosonmagyarorvar, with a population of approximately 32,000 inhabitants, is among them. In 2014, Mosonmagyarorvar set a world record with the highest density of dental practices per capita with over 150 practices and 3 big dental clinics ready to receive patients. Moreover, most of their staff speaks English and German, making communication easier for non-Hungarian patients.

The interest of European nationals and not only, to visit Hungary for medical treatment is on the rise. Especially of Western and Northern Europeans who generally have to pay about 50% to 80% more for a dental treatment at home.

A German agency based in Potsdam, named “Zahnklinik Ungarn,” claims to have already facilitated over 20,000 trips for German and Swiss patients’ dental treatments in Hungary, alone.

However, this field of tourism is not growing only in Hungary, but the whole territory of the EU and Schengen especially since 2014’s European Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare. A study published by the European Parliament shows that the revenues generated by health tourism at the EU level in total about €47 billion ($54.3 billion).

Spa therapy in Hungary – a luring medical attraction

Another medical attraction in Hungary, especially in the recent years, are also the thermal waters of the country which be found in 80% of the country.

It is estimated that there are 1,453 springs, 98 accredited spas and 40 health spa hotels. In Budapest alone, there are spas with 123 natural springs, including open-air thermal aqua parks and spa towns and resorts.

Latest from Schengen Visa News