Poland, officially the Republic of Poland is a country in Central Europe with 38 million inhabitants and a total area of about 313 thousands sq km. Poland is bordered by Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania and the Russian exclave ~ Kaliningrad Oblast and its territory extends across several geographical regions. This location makes Poland a very attractive tourism desination with the Baltic seacoast, beautiful rivers, lakes, Bieszczady and Tatra Mountains. Poland is also a member of the European Union, NATO and OECD.
Who is the doc?
Becoming a medical doctor or dentist in Poland is a long and intense effort. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, dental students must study five years at a medical university. The last two years students gain valuable first hand experience by working with patients and are supervised by experienced dentists or dental surgeons. Medical students have practical classes with patients starting from their 3rd year of study at a medical university which last six years.
Medical tourism in Poland has been increasing over the past few years with the boom after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. The majority of foreign patients are coming from Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. There is also a trend with Polish American immigrants to return to have medical procedures done while visiting their relatives, raising a much greater interest in Poland as a medical tourism destination among other US citizens.
Apart from cost, is it safe?
The rise of the low budget flights has made Poland even more accessible. It takes a maximum of a two hour plane flight from any Western European airport to reach Poland. The country is now better linked to the west than any other ‘new European’ nation. Patients are attracted to Poland due to its uniqueness, low prices, state of the art equipment, the latest techniques and top quality materials. Savings in excess of 70% can be made. Medical tourism services are carried by private sector with very modern equiped clinics and medical centers.
This is just part of the article “Options for Medical Tourism in Poland” published by the founder of this portal on Global Healthcare Magazine.