Medical Tourism in Hungary

The high-quality healthcare system patterned after the National Health System (NHS) of UK makes Hungary a hotspot for European medical tourism. The Hungarian Dental Council acts as a regulatory body for medical and dental professionals in the country. They follow a strict and highly comprehensive training program which may be favourably compared to those practiced in the UK. The doctors trained in these programs have set a benchmark of being recognized and qualified to practice across the European Union. Further, these dentists are trained and specialized in multiple aspects of dentistry, giving them an edge over others specialists from the other parts of the world.

The healthcare facilities and hospitals in Hungary conduct a broad array of medical procedures and services with many of them accredited and licensed by the Hungarian Ministry of Health and the State National Health Commission & Medical Services. Some of the hospitals are recognized and certified by the Care Quality Commission in the UK and International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Hungary also has several of their healthcare facilities accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

The increased mobility in the world for travel and low international airline tickets has propelled Hungary as a global medical tourism destination. It offers a wide range of healthcare services at a lower price than other most of the European and other developed countries. Most of the hospitals and clinics provide end-to-end assistance to patients traveling from abroad.

Through regular surveys, the Hungarian Government continuously analyse and monitor  the trend in medical tourism and take steps to improve its medical tourism services. Medical tourism in Hungary is dominated by private clinics and hospitals that possess advanced facilities and modern infrastructure. However, a few state-owned hospitals also cater to medical tourists.

Why choose Hungary?

Hungary is renowned as a medical tourism destination in the world mainly because of its state-of-the-art hospitals equipped with the latest and most advanced technology. The top hospitals in Hungary offer all types of medical treatment and diagnosis facilities to patients at an affordable cost. Thousands of patients flock to the country for different dental, cosmetic, and plastic surgery procedures, an aspect that Hungary is quite famous for.

The hospitals in Hungary have the lowest Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in Europe, thus offering access to all the classes of the society. MRSA often causes difficult-to-treat infections in humans and people who are hospitalized are often exposed to such bacteria. Low MRSA rate brings a sense of security among patients that they are in a safe environment.

The medical procedures are conducted in Hungary using modern and up-to-date technology, managed by internationally-trained and English-speaking doctors and surgeons. The high level of professional service is complemented by rejuvenating thermal spas. The thermal spas in the capital city of Budapest city are an ideal place to relax after a medical procedure. Hungary’s close proximity to most of the European and Middle Eastern countries has made it a prime destination for medical travellers around the continent.

Travel/Safety Tips

Hungary is well connected by air with most countries. Regular flights are available from most international airports to fly into Hungary. Nurseoncall, in collaboration with MediGence offers complete travel arrangements, including airport pickup and transfers, traveling assistance, mobile services, ambulance assistance, accommodation and food services with a choice of cuisine. However, a visitor traveling to Hungary must take a note of the following things:

  • Keep all the necessary documents such as passport, identity proofs, and acknowledgment from hospitals should be kept safely.
  • For safe travel throughout the country, keep all the emergency contacts handy.
  • Keep all the medications that you may need during a medical emergency with you all the time.
  • Remember that the Hungarian National Tourist Office has a 24-hour helpline for tourists.
  • Seek permission from the medical specialist that you are consulting before planning any excursion or leisure trip.