Offering some of the best medical treatment in the West, an excellent reputation in its hospitals and clinics and with many of its doctors fluent in English Belgium is a top choice for surgery abroad.
The high level of surgical expertise evolves from many years of training - all doctors are trained for a minimum of seven years and specialists for 12 years and the high quality health care system is renowned world-over. For example Belgium was top of the list for best heart treatment in Europe according to a European Heart Journal analysis of 24 European countries.
Belgium has a large number of private hospitals and the independent status of its hospitals means that revenues and profit are ploughed back into new equipment and technology. In a recent study by The World Markets Research Centre (a leading provider of independent business and industry intelligence) Belgium ranked top for medical purposes out of 175 countries, not least because secondary infection rates average less than 0.5% compared with around 10% in the UK, and in some places increasing. Hygiene and post operative care are first rate and international statistics show cases of MRSA are non-existent in Belgium.
Flexibility in the hospital infrastructure means that patients are seen almost immediately and more often than not after cosmetic surgery, for example, patients can leave the clinic on the same day. Prices are far more competitive in Belgium. A tummy tuck in the UK is likely to cost over £5,000 whereas in Belgium it would be half the price, at £2,344*. Compare the price also of a total hip replacement which would cost up to £9,000 in the UK but in Belgium is a much more affordable £5,600*. (*Quotes taken from consultant at Direct Healthcare International).
Getting to/from and around Belgium couldn’t be easier with a fast convenient Eurostar train service from London and an easy-to-navigate public transport network in Belgium. The climate is similar to the UK, with slightly hotter summers and colder winters so with top class care, cleanliness, efficiency and affordable cost Belgium really is a very viable option for surgery abroad.
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