Medical Tourism in Europe –Hungary, Budapest

Medical Tourism is nothing new. History cites that even in the early times, people travelled to other countries for health purposes. The first recorded instance of medical tourism dates back thousands of years to the time when Greek pilgrims traveled from all over the Mediterranean to the small territory in the Saronic Gulf called Epidauria.This territory was the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios.                                                   There were the ancient Greeks and Egyptians who went to hot springs and baths to improve their health as well as the 18th and 19th century Europeans and Americans who flocked to health spas and sanitariums and even in remote places in the hope that they will get treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, gout, bronchitis or liver diseases. Spa towns and sanitariums may be considered an early form of medical tourism.                        In eighteenth century England, for example, patients visited spas because they were places with supposedly health-giving mineral waters, treating diseases from gout to liver disorders and bronchitis.                                                                                                            Today, tourists not only make use of mineral water’s features and therapeutic mud but also things such as aesthetic medicine procedures, cosmetology, dentistry, ophthalmology or aesthetic surgery. Factors that have led to the increasing popularity of medical travel include the high cost of health care, long wait times for certain procedures, the ease and affordability of international travel, and improvements in both technology and standards of care in many countries.                                                                                                               The most important reason of a great growth of health and medical tourism is a huge difference between medical services prices. Medical services’ prices in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and other Central and Eastern European countries are up to 60-80 % lower than for instance in UK, Germany, Sweden, France or Spain.                                Hungary is a popular medical destination for dental services. So much so that dental tourism in this country has become a major industry, listed as such in tourist office websites and tabulated in tourism statistics. When it comes to finding a dentist, Budapest tops the list in Hungary. A Budapest dentist charges on average 20%-40% less than a dentist in a number of Western European countries and at times, the discount is even higher. Make sure you check the price carefully and convert the currency properly before you book. Many dentists in Budapest speak English or have English-speaking staff, since so much of their business comes from foreigners.                                            Dental clinics in Budapest are as modern as any in Europe – and more modern than many. Still, it’s always a good idea to check how modern and professional their equipment and facilities are – and that antiquated equipment left over from the Communist regime has been replaced. Evidence of spending on appearance as well as facilities should indicate it’s not a fly-by-night operation. Budapest is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe, putting the city within most people’s reach, whether by scheduled airlines, including Hungary’s own Malev, or low-cost companies.                                            This makes dental tourism in Hungary, attractive, given the country’s natural beauty and it’s capital’s historical and cultural attractions. Patients come to Hungary for dental care from around the world, but the biggest source of dental tourism in Hungary is the UK, which accounts for 25% Hungary’s foreign dental patients. An additional 14% come from Austria, 13% from Ireland, 11% from Germany and 5% from North America.                                                         Are you planning a visit to dentist in Budapest? For your comfortable stay in Budapest, book your stay at the Fraser Residence serviced apartment hotel & we offer 10% off Best Available Rates if booked through our Facebook page! Email: Reservations.budapest@frasershospitality.com                                                                  Fraser Residence is one of the most conveniently located hotels in Budapest city centre: off Corvin Promenade on the Pest side of the River Danube, close to shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, Corvin cinema, a supermarket and shopping mall, and a fitness centre with swimming pool and saunas. 

Business travellers will find that most major businesses and office buildings are located within a mile of these central Budapest apartments.                 The hotel’s location in Budapest city centre means you are within easy reach of major tourist attractions, including:• River Danube • Holocaust Memorial Center • Museum of Applied Arts • National Theater Budapest • MÜPA – Palace of Arts • Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest Central Market Hall • Corvin Shopping Mall • CET Budapest                                                                                                                                           Both the international airports in Budapest, Ferihegy I. International Airport and Franz Liszt International Airport are around 20–25 minutes away by car or taxi. Fraser Residence Budapest’s convenient location on a quiet side street off Corvin Promenade means it is easily reached by car or public transport. It has its own central Budapest hotel parking in a secure underground car park. The concierge can help with transport arrangements.

                                                                                                                                Public transport options around this hotel in Pest, Budapest include: • Metro stations Ferenc Kőrút or Klinikák (line 3) are less than five minutes by foot • Tram stops for lines 4 and 6 are less than five minutes by foot • Night trams also serve these routes • Several bus routes around downtown Budapest stop near the hotel • Airport transfers on request

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