Eastern Europe growing hotspot for Medical Tourism

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The low costs and rising quality of health care is making eastern European countries increasingly popular destinations for surgery abroad. Russians make up a significant proportion of these travellers, seeking treatments that aren't available back home.

Cyprus clinics are now treating more foreign patients than local ones.

Stem Cells for Home, an American-based company working in stem cell transplantation therapy, has clinics in the Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia. A $5 billion medical tourism centre is under way in Turkmenistan.

Armenia is mainly known for cosmetic and dental treatment, but more invasive procedures, such as open-heart surgery, are also widely available. Croatia has become popular for dentistry and cosmetic surgeries, such as face lifts, liposuction and breast enlargements. The Czech Republic brings tourists in for dental care, and Yerevan clinics perform laser hair removal and corrective laser eye surgery.

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