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medical tourism

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Medicine in Estonia The European Union directive specifies patients’ cross-border healthcare within the limits of the EU and European Economic Area and Switzerland. TEXT MIKKO SAVIKKO, PHOTOS ANDREI CHERTKOV

USEFUL WORDS Estonian

EU citizens travelling with their

European Union Health Insurance Card are entitled to some medical coverage while travelling within the EU, but it is still recommended that you buy proper health insurance for emergencies. Still, prices that you find in Estonia are considerably less than abroad. The standard of medical and services in Estonia is high. Technology is modern and many specialised tests and procedures are much cheaper than elsewhere in Europe and abroad. Many Finns for example come to Estonia for tests and have the results sent back to their home doctors. Women who are expecting can get a video of the 4D picture of their child to take along. Many medications that are related to cosmetic problems are not covered under government funded health care plans. For example, specialised laser

English

The majority of Estonian doctors speak English very well. Eriarst

Specialist

Ultraheliuuring

Ultrasound

Kilpnääre

Thyroid

Kompuutertomograafia, MRT-uuring

Computerised tomography, MRI

Gripivaktsiin

Influenza vaccine

Estonia uses the latest technology.

skin procedures fall into this category. Theses procedures can widely vary in cost, even within Estonia. When travelling to Estonia be sure to have appropriate health insurance and familiarise yourself with what it does and does not cover, because while some things may be cheaper in Estonia, other things like medical transport home can become quite costly. ■ Bed rest may be required after some treatments.

Medical centres and hospitals that provide treatments and examinations: ■ Tartu University Hospital

■ Fertilitas, Estonia's largest

private hospital, Viimsi.

■ North Tallinn Regional

Hospital ■ Medicum, Tallinn and Tartu.

■ Ortopeedia Arstid, Tallinn. ■ Nova Vita, Fertility, Tallinn.

H?????S Palvelu Specialist visit 4D Abdominal Ultrasound

In Estonia

In the UK

45–65

90–172

80

250–335

Thyroid Ultrasound

30

96

Endoscopic Surgery

780

1 870

4 395

6 190

MRI knee scan

50

138

Root canal

64

124

Artificial hip replacement

Not covered: Influenza vaccine

€10

up to £20

Laser wart removal

€50

from £160

Sources: In Estonia: Medicum, Ortopeedia Arstid, Loode Ultrahelikeskus in UK: Private Health, General Dental Council, General Medical Council, NHS

Eye pressure should be checked regularly.

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