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Cheaper treatment means Poland sees a boom in medical tourism

By Gemma Fox     Sep 2, 2010 in Business
Poland has seen an increase in tourism in the first part of this year and although the tourist industry may be rubbing its hands in glee, it might not realise how Poland has become a hotspot for inexpensive dental work.
People flock to Poland for a variety of reasons: its history, its role in world history, its scenery and, if you're visiting the north, the beautiful beaches that look over the Baltic sea.
However, this year, for 120,000 visitors their minds were less on history or views and more on their looks and teeth.
Poland is fast becoming a hub for visitors from other European countries to visit to get inexpensive dental work and plastic surgery. The Izby Gospodarczej Turystyki Medycznej (Poland's Chamber of Commerce for Medical Tourism) estimated that the 120,000 visitors who have landed in Poland have spent around £105 million ($162 million) in treatment.
Visitors from the UK can get their dental treatment much cheaper by travelling to Poland and they don't wait as long for the treatment either. In the UK an average tooth implant costs around £1200 ($1845) but in Poland it would cost them around £415 ($638).
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