Medical tourism and some of the most provided healthcare services
In our last blog article, we listed the most popular treatments among medical tourists. Today, we get a more detailed view of some of these subsets of medical tourism, with a particular insight on fertility, ophthalmology and odontology.
Ophthalmology – Refractive Surgery
Spanish ophthalmologists are highly specialized in the most advanced techniques and treatments.
According to the Clinica Baviera, “in the 1990s, the emergence of laser techniques: refractive surgeries, to correct vision problems has helped ophthalmological surgery to be best known by the general public. This system enables to correct definitely myopia, astigmatism and far-sightedness among others.”
Experts say that about 35% of adults in the first world countries face vision problems so that refractive surgery is a more and more extended option among patients who wish to get rid of their glasses and lenses. Spain and EEUU are top of the list providing these most advanced techniques.
The recent increase in numbers of refractive surgeries performed in Spain, is due partly to the progressive drop in prices (about a 60% less in five years) and to the extension of its popularity among patients. The use of new surgical techniques and a better post-op recovery have helped too in bettering patient experiences.
The LASIK technique is nowadays used in 80% of surgical procedures carried out to correct vision problems.
At Vithas Xanit International Hospital, the ophthalmology experts operate with the latest technology including: the Technolas Perfect Vision Laser, the femtosecond laser and the Excimer.
The type of laser eye surgeries most sought after by our international patients are:
- Refractive surgery using the femtosecond laser (LASIK eye surgery, PRK)
- Cataract surgery
- Surgery for glaucoma
- The IOL : Intra Ocular Lens (Lens implants)
Additionally, at Vithas Xanit International Hospital, the patients who require those treatments mainly come from Arabic countries.
Odontology – Dental Tourism
The Spanish Social Security System does not cover most odontology treatments which is why private Spanish clinics have developed a large number of specialized services performed by many experts. In 2020, it is believed that about 70.000 odontologists will be registered in Spain providing top quality services at very competitive prices. However, these dental clinics are quite often working as franchise of bigger companies.
Some clinics also provide assessment or welfare services to their foreign patients before, during and after the treatment is performed, using new technological means like skype or the e-mail to communicate.
Moreover, some patients could even get about a 60% reduction off the price when treatment is performed in a foreign country.
Dental tourism is extremely popular, and continues to grow. It is now one of the first specialties to be offered within the medical tourism sector.
The most typical dental treatments within Medical Tourism are dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, including:
- Dental crowns made of zirconium or porcelain,
- Dental veneers with no preparation of the tooth,
- Dental whitening
Vithas Xanit is working with the Cuevas Queipo clinic, which provides all patients with the latest technology in aesthetics and dental surgery.
(Estudio Turismo de Salud en España _ eoi & others)