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Medical Tourism in Romania

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While most people in US and Europe have heard of Dracula, Transylvania and Ceausescu, the little known fact about this Eastern European country is that it’s emerging as a serious medical tourism destination. Romania offers high quality medical services in dentistry and plastic surgery while maintaining very low prices.


                Romania is a democratic republic, member of European Union and a NATO country. The largest city and capital is Bucharest with 2 million people. The national currency is the LEU (also written as RON). A major part of population, younger people mostly, speak and understand English.

                While most people in US and Europe have heard of Dracula, Transylvania and Ceausescu, the little known fact about this Eastern European country is that it’s emerging as a serious medical tourism destination. Before joining the democratic countries after the fall of the Soviet Union, Romania’s medical education system has been established as a very reputable one. Many foreign students came to Romania’s medical universities in order to learn the practice of medicine as this was one of the top destinations of former soviet republics.

                After the fall of the communism there has been a sharp rise in the number of privately owned clinics, the main reason for this being the low salaries offered by the public sector. During the time that passed from the demise of the dictatorship (in 1989 Ceausescu dictator was executed) the society transformed rapidly into a solid democracy with strong western ties and values.

                Romania is a very cheap destination for the regular westerner. The medium salary in 2014 was 450 Euro with which you can sustain yourself for a month. Although the salaries are low, many private clinics have invested in expensive medical equipment and very good doctors so that they are up to par with top clinics in US or Germany in terms of medical capabilities, but offer treatments at 70-60% cheaper.

 

Top Destinations:

                Dentistry:

                Romania is a top destination for dentistry. Complicated dental surgery can be done at high quality standards thanks to ISO certified dental clinics and doctors that continuously invest in keeping up with the latest advancements. Dental tourism is the leading form of medical tourism in Romania thanks mostly to citizens of Italy, Germany, France and UK that hear about the low prices from Romanians that live abroad. The major treatments are dental implants and cosmetic treatments. A dental implant placed at a top clinic costs around  600 Euro while a dental veneer or a crown will cost you about 230 Euro.

                Plastic Surgery:

                Plastic surgery is quickly becoming a trend as clinics offer a wide range of procedures at low prices while still maintaining a high quality standard. Face lifting surgery starts at 1200 Euro up to 3500, a rhinoplasty (nose-job) will start from 1000 Euro and breast-enlargement costs around 2500 Euro.

                Other:

                There are also privately owned hospitals in Romania that offer infertility treatments, oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, eye surgery, bariatric surgery. 

                Over 70 natural spas provide relief for many medical disorders and illnesses including rheumatism, and nervous diseases as well as nutrition, metabolism, endocrine, kidney, liver, respiratory, heart, stomach and gynecological disorders.

Safety and Credentials:

                As the US State Department says, Romania is a safe country for tourists.  

                The medical profession is practiced in Romania under the Code of Medical Ethics 30 March 2012 prepared in code that complies with international standards contained in the Geneva Declaration of 1948, as amended by the World Medical Association and the International Code of Medical Ethics.

                All medical practices, public or private are regulated by the Ministry of Public Health and the professional association of College of Doctors with a strict set of norms and procedures, thus ensuring that all facilities conform. In order to earn the MD title, a person has to pass an undergraduate course that lasts 6 years at a regulated institution followed by 2-3 years of study and residency in a chosen medical specialty. The health ministry and the medical associations have developed the national continuous education requirement. All doctors, including dentists are required to continuously keep up with the latest medical discoveries by participating each year at professional conferences and courses.

 

Legal Issues:

                Doctors Liability

                The forms of medical liability are: disciplinary, administrative, civil and criminal. Malpractice insurance of medical staff is the professional liability insurance most underwritten in the insurance market in Romania. Risks covered for the patients in the insurance are personal injury, illness or death of the patient and / or moral damages.

                IVF and Surrogacy

                There is no age limit for receiving IVF treatments in Romania, therefore single women can avail of fertility treatments. Another reason to having IVF here is that anonymous sperm and egg donation is permitted. In Romania, there are no specific laws concerning surrogate mothers. The person that gives birth is considered the mother and will therefore receive all the legal rights on the baby.

Logistics

                Travel to Romania:

                The best way to travel to Romania is by airplane as there are airports in all major cities that host medical facilities. There are direct flight routes to Bucharest (country’s capital), Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Iasi.

                Accommodation:

                Large cities have both low-cost accommodation options that can sell rooms for 20-30 Euro/night and four stars hotels with rooms at 100 Euro/night. Rooms around 30-40 Euros/night are the best deal.

                Getting Around:

                Although the public transport in major cities is cheap and well developed, taking a taxi is generally a better choice as it’s cheap (0.3 – 0.5 Euro/km). Ask at the hotel reception or the clinic to help you find a taxi and avoid riding with shady drivers.

                Food

                Traditional Romanian cuisine is based heavily on meat. Pork, beef and poultry are mainly eaten here. There are many types of restaurants that you may choose from, mostly traditional and italian ones, but also international. Asian restaurants are a bit harder to find in cities other than Bucharest. The typical meal for one person consists of two dishes (first dish is a soup followed by the main course) will cost around 70 – 110 lei (16 – 25 euro), drinks included.

                Weather

                In Romania there is a temperate continental climate with four seasons:

  • summer (June - August) is the warmest, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 40 degrees Celsius
  • autumn (September – November) when it’s colder (12 – 20 degrees Celsius) and will rain more
  • winter (December – February) which is the coldest season that will bring snow and temperatures between -5 to 5 degrees Celsius
  • spring (March – May) with some rains and warmer temperatures of 10 – 25 degrees Celsius

                Touristic Attractions

                Wild Landscapes

                Romania is a country that comprises almost all types of geography – sea beaches, grass plains, hills, high mountains, the Danube’s delta. This makes it a beautiful destination for someone that appreciates the wild nature sceneries. 

                Historical Sites and traditional villages

                Romania has a rich heritage of castles and fortresses left from the days when the Ottoman Empire tried to invade into the Western Europe. The most famous one is the mid 1300s Bran Castle in which Bram Stoker’s imagined Dracula to live. There are many places, in Transylvania mostly, designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A visit to these time – frozen villages and their lush, green rolling hills will leave a long lasting impression.  

 

                Read more about the touristic attractions in the official Romanian tourism website.

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