Treatment abroad is not a luxury, but a profitable investment in your own health. Every year, millions of people go to foreign clinics to be examined and to get rid of one or another pathology. There are several reasons for the huge popularity of medical tourism: someone travels abroad because the health system in their home country has not reached the level to cope with the disease, while others are forced to seek help from foreign specialists, because treatment at home is expensive.
Which countries are most often chosen by foreign patients and how much treatment costs there will be answered by MediGlobus specialists. Our rating will provide an opportunity to reveal the pricing policy of each country in the following areas:
And we will start with one of the most expensive, but not less in demand country in the field of medical tourism – Germany.
FIRST PLACE – GERMANY
Each year over 250,000 thousand visitors from all across the globe come to German clinics for medical help, which adds to the country’s budget by more than one billion euros. Prices of diagnostics and treatment in German clinics can not be called cheap. Compared to the many developing countries, healthcare is expensive here, but the quality of the services provided exceeds all expectations. The chances of medical error in Germany are only 0.3%. This indicator is the lowest on the planet.
Diagnostic capabilities of German clinics allow patients to undergo examinations quickly and efficiently. The hospital space is organized in such a way that a person does not run around the medical institution in search of necessary rooms and doctors.
Surgery in Germany is one of the most developed in the world. Innovative technologies of surgical intervention in various diseases are successfully developed and applied here. German surgeons are among the best specialists in the field of robotic surgery.
Price of cancer therapy, surgery and diagnosis in Germany is above average. At the same time, the cost of these services is significantly lower than in the United States of America, United Kingdom or Switzerland. The approximate cost of treatment in German clinics is:
|Specialist consultation||from €500|
|Oncological examination||from €4,000|
|Radiation therapy||from €8,000|
|Robotic prostatectomy||from €19,000|
|Removing herniated intervertebral disc||from €17,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from €22,000|
Leading medical centers in Germany are: University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilian (Munich), Rechts der Isar Clinic (Munich), Helios Clinic (Berlin, Hamburg) and Nuremberg Clinic (Neremberg).
SECOND POSITION – ISRAEL
Israel is a world leader in the field of medicine and especially oncology. Most often, people come here to treat cancerous diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, neurological pathologies, diseases of the cardiovascular system, infertility, organ transplants etc.
The main flow of foreigners who travel to Israeli medical centers for assistance comes from the CIS countries, Eastern Europe and Cyprus.
Particular attention is paid to the diagnosis of the person in Israel. The accuracy of investigations conducted in Israeli clinics is about 99%. Moreover, over 30% of patients who come from the CIS countries have not confirmed the diagnosis made in their home country as shown by the statistics. Thanks to many years of doctors experience and the use of the latest models of equipment, Israeli doctors can detect or prevent the development of severe pathologies on time.
Cancer treatment in Israel is the benchmark for other countries. It developed many effective methods of cancer treatment, which are now effectively used throughout the world. The country actively finances this branch of medicine, since it is among the priorities for the national economy. Among the Israeli medical centers specializing in the cure of oncology, there are: Ichilov Medical Center (Tel Aviv), Assuta Medical Center (Tel Aviv), Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Tel Hashomer) and Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem).
Pricing of cancer treatment, as well as surgical operations and diagnostics in Israel depends on many factors (clinic, doctor, disease, methods of treatment etc.), but on average it is 10-20% lower than in Germany, and by 30-40%, than in the USA.
|Specialist consultation||from €550|
|Oncological examination||from €4,500|
|Radiation therapy||from €8,000|
|Robotic prostatectomy||from €21,000|
|Removing herniated intervertebral disc||from €16,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from €17,000|
BRONZE RATING – SPAIN
Spanish medicine is not much cheaper than German medicine. The price difference is no more than 15-20%, but the quality of patient care is at a high level: the country’s health care system ranks 7th in the global ranking.
By European standards, the cost of treatment in a Spanish clinic is on average side.
Medical institutions in Barcelona, Madrid and other cities in Spain successfully treat serious diseases using the latest equipment, innovative methods and medicinal preparations.
Well known doctors and the degree of comfort offered by Spanish hospitals annually attract about 200,000 foreigners.
People come here for diagnostics, treatment of oncology, neurological diseases, pathologies of the cardiovascular system, ophthalmologic diseases, aesthetic medicine and general surgery.
|Specialist consultation||from €300|
|Oncological examination||from €3,500|
|Radiation therapy||from €7,000|
|Robotic prostatectomy||from €17,000|
|Removing herniated intervertebral disc||from €15,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from €15,000|
FOURTH PLACE – SOUTH KOREA
Over the past decade, South Korean medicine has reached considerable heights. In 2018, the country made its place in the top five world leaders in quality of patient care. Korean doctors have achieved significant success in the therapy of orthopedic pathologies, oncology, heart diseases and nervous system.
Robotic surgery in South Korea, as well as diagnostics, in particular, complex investigations of the organism – Check-Up (Check-Up), are in special demand among foreign patients. Most often, foreigners seek help in such medical centers as:
- Korea University Anam Hospital (Seoul);
- Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital (Seoul);
- Samsung Medical Center (Seoul).
Cost of surgery, diagnostics and cancer cure in South Korean centers is 25% less in cost than in Western European countries. It is worth mentioning that the quality of the services provided is not worse, and sometimes even better than in European medical centers.
|Specialist consultation||from $150|
|Radiation therapy||from $5,000|
|Robotic prostatectomy||from $15,000|
|Removing herniated intervertebral disc||from $14,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from $16,000|
FIFTH PLACE – TURKEY
”Countries for treatment abroad. Over 800,000 international patients come here every year. The country has 48 clinics accredited by the Joint Commission International for the level of service and security. The leading areas of Turkish medicine are: oncology, transplantology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, reproductology and cardiac surgery.
Foreigners most often use the services of the following private and state hospitals in Turkey as: Koç University Hospital (Istanbul), Memorial Clinic Network (Antalya, Istanbul), Medical Park Hospital Group (Bursa, Istanbul), Liv Hospital (Istanbul), etc.
Cost of treatment in Turkey is 30-40% lower than in Germany, the USA and the UK. For About a decade, the country ranks first in the world in terms of price and quality of service. Patients in Turkish clinics have the chance to get qualified medical assistance in affordable price.
|Specialist consultation||from $120|
|Radiation therapy||from $4,000|
|Robotic prostatectomy||from $14,000|
|Removing herniated intervertebral disc||from $11,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from $14,000|
More information about the features of treatment in clinics of Germany, Israel, Spain, Turkey and other countries you can get by contacting the coordinators of the global medicine platform MediGlobus.