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Health And Medical Tourism In Bulgaria In 2004, the number of incoming tourists who visited the Bulgarian spa centres increased by approximately 20 % , compared to 2003. The actual well developed network of private cosmetic surgery and tooth clinics offer companies at prices many times lower than the lowest within the European Union, and this fact has attracted the interest of the large insurance providers that cover their clients' medical expenses. They're more willing compared to before to pay for excursions to the east, where treatment is many times cheaper. Plastic surgery not really covered by medical insurance also attracts clients along with prices that are up to five times lower. The great value of medical treatment is topped up with high-quality service: foreign patients in Bulgaria use a wide choice of medical doctors and clinics simply because in the mid-1990s most of the best physicians in the united states , disappointed with their lower state salaries, setup private surgeries as well as clinics. Mineral water treatment Mineral water treatment is particularly popular among foreign tourists, because bulgaria boasts more than a 1000 mineral springs spread throughout the country. Water content in many of which is similar to those in world-renowned spas like Baden-Baden and Vichy. Some present-day Bulgarian spas were built about the sites of old Roman thermae or perhaps Turkish baths. The actual best-known balneology as well as mud bath remedy centres are Pavel Banya, Hisar, Velingrad, Narechen, Vurshets, Kyustendil and Momin Prohod, near Kostenets. They will specialise in the treatment of different ailments, depending on their particular water content. Hisar, located among the impressive ruins of an old Roman fortress within the plain between the Balkan Mountains and Plovdiv, is recommended for kidney and gastrointestinal illnesses. Sapareva Banya sprang up around the best water spring within Bulgaria. Narechen specialises in neural issues , Pavel Banya within orthopaedic illnesses as well as traumas, and Sandanski in pulmonary conditions. Two large seaside resorts, Albena as well as Pomorie, offer dirt bath treatment. Most of these centres offer special rehabilitation as well as toning programmes. The prices vary, depending on the remedy. For example, a 10-day anti-stress programme, including aromatherapy, massage, as well as Iye-phoresis, costs less compared to 100 Euros; any flve-day treatment of rheumatic pain is through 70 to 110 Euros. Accommodation is between 20 as well as 70 Euros a day , full board. Slimming centres Other popular destinations are the slimming centers. The most popular clinic for non-medicinal treatment of being overweight is located in the african american Sea resort regarding Sts. Constantine as well as Helena. There, a light form of medical starvation is practised below constant medical direction , in combination with a daily allocation of one kilogramme regarding raw fruit, as well as healthy eating habits. The stay in the sanatorium can vary from 10-20 days, and the package is between five-hundred and 2,000 pounds , depending on the length of the remedy. It includes accommodation inside a four-star


hotel, daily doctor's rounds, personal consultation with the centre's head physician, the introduction of an individual dieting as well as nutrition schedule for each patient upon departing , and medical exams. Plastic surgery Plastic surgery also attracts health tourists with its rates and services. The actual plastic and surgery treatment clinics which exposed in the mid-1990s ended up being too many, and the serious competition forced their particular owners to invest in modern day equipment, good experts , and a range of features for in-house patients. Besides, they had to have their prices low. Whereas in Germany a female will pay from six ,000 to 12 ,000 Euros to get a bosom boost, the costliest clinics in bulgaria perform the functioning for 2,500 to three ,000 Euros. The actual ratio between additional services is similar. Face-lifting under full anaesthesia is hardly above 1,200 pounds , complete lips correction is not higher than 450 Euros, and liposuction costs 300 pounds. Dental services Another well-known goal of health tourism in bulgaria is dental services. The actual private dental surgeries in the bigger cities are numerous, and the rates , calculated in accordance with the actual Bulgarian standard of living, tend to be incredibiy low, in comparison to prices in western Europe. Some surgeries have dual prices for Bulgarians as well as foreigners; so, register advance. The rates in Sofia, Burgas, Varna and Plovdiv are relatively the same : from 10 to 15 pounds for an initial assessment , from 15 to 20 pounds for cleaning of caries and a photo polymer bonded filling, and through 20 to 30 Euros for the management of pulpitis. What can the law in bulgaria say? Bulgarian legal guidelines grants foreign residents the right to treatment in most medical establishments in the united states. In case of emergency, people from other countries can get help in the actual nearest clinic. The head of the particular medical establishment has to inform the patient's insurer immediately in regards to the necessary treatment, besides in emergencies. Short-term foreign visitors to bulgaria who do not guarantee themselves according to inside regulations have to pay for medical treatment in accordance with the cost list of the particular medical institution. The clinic or additional medical establishment must inform the patient with the relevant costs before the commencement of remedy. Adapted from a write-up by Hristina Hristova (This article follows upon from the introduction to mineral spas within Bulgaria in the article BULGARIAN PROPERTY industry INSIGHT, updated upon 09 June august 2005. More details and hyperlinks to material concerning health tourism within Bulgaria can be seen in the Bulgaria Properties Ltd web site www.BulgariaProperties.nEt.) Costa Rica medical tourism

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