Press release: 9 May 06
www.treatmentabroad.net is the first web site designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of people looking abroad for cost effective surgery and medical treatment. The site provides clear advice on all types of treatment from dentistry and cosmetic surgery to knee and hip operations and fertility treatment. The site is already attracting some 25,000 visitors and handles on average 1,500 enquiries for treatment overseas each month.
The prospect of lengthy waits along with hefty medical bills has meant that more and more people are looking abroad at the competitive prices charged for high quality hospital treatment. For example, while a hip replacement in a private hospital in the UK can run up a bill of £7,000 to £9,000, a short trip to the continent or further afield can reduce this figure by to £3,000 to £4,000. Some people are concerned with the high incidence of MRSA in the UK, and this is also encouraging people to travel abroad..
“The barriers are coming down and we are seeing an incredible growth in people voting with their feet and looking abroad for medical treatment,” says Keith Pollard, director of Private Healthcare UK which runs the Treatment Abroad site. “Dentistry is one area which has seen the greatest growth,” says Pollard; “High prices such as £2,000 to £2,500 for a dental implant are making people look overseas where the same treatment can be obtained for a third of the price. The most popular place to go for dentistry is Hungary, but Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Turkey, Cyprus and India are now in hot pursuit”.
“The popularity of TV makeover programmes and the desire to look younger is driving up demand for cosmetic surgery too” adds Pollard; “with visits to countries such as Belgium, Greece, Spain, South Africa and South America on the increase.”
And it doesn’t stop at teeth and cosmetic surgery. People are traveling for all types of surgery from knee operations to heart surgery, with some taking the opportunity to combine recovery from treatment with a relaxing break. www.treatmentabroad.net features a comprehensive guide to treatment in destinations ranging from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt and India to Malta, Poland, and Turkey. The site also offers tips on how to avoid pitfalls and how to check the credentials of a clinic or surgeon.
Visitors to www.treatmentabroad.net can contact healthcare providers through the enquiry forwarding service. They can also request further information, specify a country for treatment from the lists provided and obtain a quotation or a ball park cost for treatment. Enquiries are forwarded to up to three healthcare providers overseas. And with positive stories from other patients on the benefits of going abroad for treatment even the most nervous patient will feel reassured.