For tourists Spain is more than bullfights, flamenco and exotic beaches. In recent years Spain has made a huge investment for the development of a strong health system, which has turned this country into a popular European destination for medical tourism. Perhaps medical tourism is as old as the history of medicine. In ancient times, hoping to improve health, patients went to the most renowned doctors and healers; traveled to the healing springs. Currently, health tourism has increasingly become more popular. Medical tourism has created a new concept of modern healthcare. If there is no possibility of solving the medical problem in the native country, the patient chooses another one, as well as the doctor and the clinic, where he can get high skilled examination and treatment.
The motto of medicine of ХХI century is ‘Patients beyond Borders’. Spain is on the top of the list of the countries where doctors and health improvement services have a very high level of quality.
For now the medical services market in Spain has been already established, and has its own infrastructure (health administration, relevant agencies, medical tourism agencies, tour operators, specialists in the health tourism). Even in situation of financial crisis, medical tourism is being developed and has an increasing influence on the national health system and as well as on the activity of insurance companies, which increasingly prefer to pay for treatment of their clients. In conditions of global economic competition, the phenomenon of medical tourism requires medicine to evolve at a frantic pace through the modern technology and improvement of patient care.
According to reports of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Spanish medicine is the on the 7th place in the world. Today, the country has nearly 800 well-equipped hospitals, where about half a million highly skilled doctors and nurses work. All the clinics in Spain are under control of the Ministry of Health.
In Spain doctors go through a rigorous training, therefore, with their professional level they are able to compete with doctors in more developed countries of Europe. In Spain it is considered to be common to send doctors to other countries of the European Union or to the United States to carry out the practices. Very many Spanish physicians and researchers are well known in Britain, USA, UK, France, Germany and other countries.
LOWER PRICE, BETTER QUALITY
Spain is a wonderful choice for medical tourism. There is a variety of excellent hospitals and clinics, which offer the best care. Clinics of very high level are situated in almost all the Spanish provinces, but the main health centers are traditionally considered to be clinics of Andalusia and Catalonia. Annually to Barcelona arrive about 15-16 thousand foreign citizens to get treatment. Most health tourists come to Spain from USA, UK, France, Holland and Sweden. The costs of medical services in Spain are relatively lower than in other European countries and the level of services is higher.
Spain has all the necessary resources for medical tourism market and it seems that in the nearest future it will grow in geometric progression: a favorable climate, a developed city infrastructure, and the most important is the high quality of medicine : Spanish doctors are considered to be the best in Europe. Over 20 Spanish medical institutions already have JCI accreditation (Joint Commission International, USA).
Patients who come to Spain to improve their health not only to get an excellent treatment, but also to enjoy Spanish cuisine and magnificent destinations. You can not find sanatoriums in the conventional sense of the word in Spain, but instead you can get the accommodation in luxurious hotels, which combine the functions of clinics and spas. The most of health centers related to spa therapy offer treatment with thermal waters. Thus, Valencia specializes in the rehabilitation of patients who suffer from diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the gastrointestinal tract, gorgeous Costa del Sol successfully treat diseases of the respiratory system and skin, and resorts on Costa Brava are renowned for wellness programs aimed at restoring cardiovascular system, metabolism and fight obesity. Spain has in its magnificent islands for holidays: the Canary Islands in the Atlantic and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. All the medical centers of Spain, without exception, specialize in cosmetology services.
Thermal water enriched with beneficial trace elements has an excellent anti-aging effect.The only condition that all spas in Spain without exception comply with is the obligatory medical examination of all patients. Only after that the patients can receive the relevant experts’ recommendations for health-care and cosmetic treatments to undergo.
But the concept of medical tourism in Spain is much wider than just a spa resort. The Spanish medicine can offer to the visitors any type of treatment: from bariatric treatments to cancer disease healing. The Spanish oncology is considered to be one of the best in the world; oncologists from Madrid and Barcelona are invited to manage the centers in the USA. The most popular among foreign patients in Spain are dental services and certain types of surgery (plastic, orthopedic, ophthalmologic). Reproductive technologies are presented here in a very high level, and giving birth in Spain is the dream of every woman! The new Spanish clinics have everything necessary for the toughest surgical and multidisciplinary cases.
During a tourist trip to Spain it is becoming increasingly fashionable undergo a diagnosis program, called ‘check-up’: passing a comprehensive examination in only 1-2 days. Because, as you know, better safe than sorry.
BY THE WAY
Spanish nation is one of the healthiest nations in the world. The average life expectancy in Spain is 85 years for women and 79.3 years for men, the best result throughout the European Union. Spain has the lowest rate of heart disease in the world, which many relate to the famous Mediterranean diet.