Emergence and growth of dental tourism

Minovska, Ana and Cvetanovska-Stojchevska, Daniela and Papakoca, Kiro (2014) Emergence and growth of dental tourism. In: Medicac and Medical Dental Tourism in Romania, 27-28 May 2014, Bucharest, Romania.

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Abstract

There are various types of patient mobility, but in the area of dental care the most common type of mobility is “self-managed” mobility, where patients decide themselves to seek treatment abroad. This decision is not normally based on lack of availability of treatment in the home State. Rather the decision is made in relation to the extent of the patient’s own financial contribution to the treatment. Even in countries with national health programs such as Western Europe, dental care is not always covered making it too expensive. As a consequence, countries with a lower cost of living and less expensive overheads become attractive destinations for cheaper dental treatment. Dental patients may combine their cheaper dental treatment with a holiday, thanks also to the increasing availability of low-cost air travel. When combined with a holiday, as the name implies, dental tourism can be an opportunity to receive low-cost, quality dental care. Dental tourism is expected to continue growing, as consumers continue to seek out lower-cost options. Today, much of the debate about dental tourism in general refers on the question of dental treatment i.e. whether or not differences in price imply quality difference. Another concern is whether or not large scale dental procedures can be safely completed abroad in a relatively short, "holiday-sized" time period. This initiates the issue of symbol that will help the public to recognize that “dental tourism” offers are safe, efficient and that advertising claims made have been substantiated by the protocols undertaken to achieve the Seal of Approval.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Kiro Papakoca
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 12:26
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 07:10
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/10107

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