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Medical Tourism in Hungary

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Located in the heart of Europe, Hungary one of the most sought after medical tourism destinations in Europe. Medical tourists are visiting Hungary for cosmetic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, fertility treatments, cardiac procedures and rehabilitation, dermatology, obesity treatments, eye surgeries, anti-ageing treatments, and addiction programs, in addition to its better known dental facilities.

Medical Tourism in Hungary

Located in the heart of Europe, Hungary is one of the most sought after medical tourism destinations in Europe. However, such an influx of oversees patients isn’t new to the healthcare sector of Hungary, as it has been serving German and Austrian patients for their dental needs with top-quality dental facilities and Swiss-quality prosthetics for a long time now. Since the formation of the European Union, the health care sector here has branched out to provide top notch facilities at 40-70% of the prices in America, Britain, and some Scandivian countries. The medical market in Hungary has been developed further to tackle the influx of medical tourists expertly, with state-of-the-art facilities and services that match international standards of quality and ethics. The country is trying to change its long-standing image of a top notch destination for dental treatments alone, it has been working hard with great results towards promoting other medical facilities too. As a result, medical tourists are visiting Hungary for cosmetic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, fertility treatments, cardiac procedures and rehabilitation, dermatology, obesity treatments, eye surgeries, anti-ageing treatments, and addiction programs, in addition to its better known dental facilities. Hungary also provides a number of excellent spa and natural treatment facilities at low costs, giving its capital city, Budapest the reputation of being the spa capital of Europe. Interestingly, the use of the natural Hungarian water springs for medicinal purposes dates as far back as the Roman times, simply adding to the benefits and enigma of these spas.


Top Destinations:

Budapest, also the capital of Hungary seems to be the hub of medical tourism in the country. However, there are still other cities such as Sopron, Mosonmagyarovar, Gyenedias, etc. that have hospitals and medical institutions of international acclaim too. The fact that the major Hungarian cities are easily accessible by low-cost flights from all over Europe adds to its appeal.


Safety and credentials:

Hungary has a few accreditations and license schemes available on a national level that apply to its medical institutions. These schemes aim to maintain the ethics and standards of the medical facilities in the country in compliance with international standards. The domestic accreditation schemes of the Hungarian Health Ministry, and the national health commission and medical service are some such accreditation schemes. Besides these, several of the medical institutions in Hungary are ISO certified. So, make sure to check if the hospital or medical facility you have selected holds one or more of these certifications.

One fourth of the medical students in the Hungarian medical universities come from abroad. Several Hungarian specialists teach and practice internationally too, which gives them a good measure of exposure and practice in the international healthcare sector. Hungarian doctors and surgeons have to complete around 50 hours of further education annually, to be able to continue practice. This helps them stay abreast of the latest technologies and trends in their specialities. The medical training courses in Hungary are intense and world-class, requiring 6 years of undergraduate study followed by 3-5 years of study and residency in the speciality of one’s choice. Cosmetic surgeons require 13 years of rigorous training before they are allowed to practice. Hence, a medical procedure in Hungary is safe and may even offer better options at lower prices. All said and done, always conduct some research of your own instead of depending on an agent to select the right doctor or medical facility for you. Hungary has a number of agents and hotels that offer medical packages, which include accommodation and sight-seeing, etc. If you plan to book any such package, find out every detail and small print about them before committing to one.


Legal issues:

Hungarian law does not have any age limit for IVF therefore single women can avail of fertility treatments too. Another upside to having an IVF here is that sperm donors are anonymous by law. However, commercial surrogacy is illegal in Hungary, but altruistic surrogacy is legal. Altruistic surrogacy is when you pay the surrogate only the medical charges and medical related expenses, but no fee for acting as your surrogate. As for medical ethics and malpractice, just like with any other oversees medical tourism destination issues about jurisdiction may arise over here too.


Cost of treatments in Hungary:


Cost in $

(1 $= 236 Forint)

Dental implants


Breast Augmentation






Face lift


Tummy Tuck



1300 $

Lasik (both eyes)





How do you get there?

Hungary is part of the EU, and so under the Schengen agreement EU nationals do not require a visa to move in and out of Hungary , but they cannot stay for more than 90 days at a time. Citizens of the United States, UK, and Canada can stay in Hungary for 90 days without a visa. If you need to extend your stay for more than 90 days, you may need to apply for a residence permit for medical treatments. If your country does not hold a visa-free entry status, you can visit the Hungarian embassy or consulate in your city/country to apply for a visa. Visit the Hungarian official government website for more information regarding the Hungarian visa application.


Some General tips:

  • Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
  • Accommodation: A hostel accommodation in Hungary would range around 13-25$ per night. An apartment would cost you in the range of 46-170$, and a hotel room would range around 100-170$. However, you also have the option of booking a villa along the Danube at a higher cost of approximately 800$/week.
  • Language:Hungarian is the national language spoken by more than 90% of Hungary’s inhabitants. However your hospital will certainly have English speaking doctors and staff, as English is widely spoken in the country. You can also ask for an interpreter if required.
  • Weather: March to April is spring in Hungary and the weather is pleasant in the daytime and fresh at night. May to September is warm as it’s the summer season, whereas November to March is winter and the weather is cold with little sunshine and frequent snowfall.
  • Cuisine:Pork is commonly used in Hungarian cooking, often cooked with cabbage and added to soups and sauces. The paprika chicken and dumplings better known as Ghoulash is a dish you simply cannot miss, especially if you are a foodie. Also, do not forget to try some Hungarian wine while you are there, as some of them have won accolades internationally.
  • Tourist attractions: Hungary with its cobblestoned roads, old architecture, yellow trams, and spectacular scenery is a tourist haven in every way. You can simply relax in one of the 400 cafes along the Danube with a cup of coffee or visit Lake Balaton, Europe’s largest fresh water lake. You can also travel north of Budapest to Szentendre, to get a feel of the Hungarian rural life with its tranquil atmosphere. Nature lovers can visit the hills of Buda or experience the joys of travelling the Funicular railway to Castle hill. Those looking for a laid back vacation may simple soak in the architectural marvels of the cities such as Budapest, and sit in one of its cafés listening to some gypsy music.

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