In recent years, Turkey has been among the first on the list of countries that come up with the term "health tourism". Last but not least, this also applies to dental treatment in Turkey. A large part of the clinics in Turkey are experts in many areas of medicine and have a good technical level and highly qualified staff. Many people from all over the world choose Turkey to find a solution to their health problems. In addition to the low price, dental treatment and dental implants in Turkey are in demand because they offer thousands of tourists the opportunity every year to combine attractive vacation options with the required dental treatment in Turkey.
Another advantage of the dentists in Turkey, which ensures the worldwide popularity of this country, is the high level of willingness and striving to satisfy the patient. The golden rule applies not only in the traditional tourism industry, but also in dental clinics in Turkey that are geared towards the dental treatment of foreigners: “The customer (the patient) is king! That is why you will find many packages that offer dental treatment and dental implants in Turkey along with all the associated services, such as airport pick-up, accommodation and vacation arrangements.
A German consumer magazine called "Plusminus" compared the prices and quality of dental treatment in different countries. A "test patient" in Germany had an estimate made for a bridge in the lower jaw. Cost: 1,040 euros, of which the patient himself should have paid 750 euros. In Mallorca the same treatment cost 800 euros. The patient would have to pay EUR 575 of this himself, i.e. a saving of almost EUR 200. But it's even cheaper in Turkey: The offer of a German-speaking dentist is currently 450.- Euro. Even if you had to pay for the entire treatment yourself (as long as Turkey is not in the EU), you can save a whopping 300 euros compared to Germany without a grant. However, if you follow some rules and procedures (see our summary "What needs to be observed? "), your health insurance company also participates in the treatment of Turkey; because the health insurance companies want to save too!
Saving is always good. But in the area of health, quality is also important. Therefore, you should thoroughly inform yourself before treatment! Poor training, inadequate practice equipment and health-endangering materials - your dentists warn against dental tourism. Of course, on the one hand you fear losing your own patients, but on the other hand there are also risks: It may happen that dentures do not fit right away. Pressure marks may show up only when you are back from vacation. If your dentist then rejects the correction and refers you to the Turkish dentist, in the worst case a follow-up treatment on site could be necessary - with the corresponding travel costs. Many of the Turkish dentists have already responded here and set up networks in your home country. Partner dentists in your home country take on guarantee services and provide aftercare if necessary. It is best to find out from your Turkish dentist beforehand whether he has such a network.
In certain emergencies, a visit to the dentist is also essential on vacation. You should not hesitate any longer with the following problems:
A toothache on vacation can do twice as much - namely, if a juicy dentist's bill is waiting for you on site or when you return! How is it with the assumption of costs if you go to the dentist abroad?
The following applies to those insured by law:
In principle, your health insurance covers treatment in other EU countries and in countries with which there is a social security agreement. These include Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey. In these countries, simply present your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to your doctor, which is usually printed on the back of your electronic health card. The foreign health insurance company then settles the treatment costs with your health insurance.
Important: You should only be treated by dentists from the public health system, not by private doctors.
But unfortunately there is a catch: The statutory health insurance only pays for treatments abroad what those insured on site are entitled to! As a tourist, you have to shell out additional payments and own shares that are common in your holiday country out of your own pocket. This can be fatal for toothache on vacation. Because in countries like Spain, dental treatments are not part of the statutory range of services, so you stay on the costs.
In addition, the process does not always work smoothly: Because billing can take a long time, some foreign doctors do not accept EHIC. You then pay in cash on site, but you can submit the invoice to your health insurance provider at home to have the costs reimbursed later. Be careful, many health insurance companies require an invoice formulated at least in English!
In most non-EU countries, people with statutory health insurance also go away empty-handed. For example, if you travel to the USA, Thailand or the Maldives, you will have to pay for dental treatment yourself in an emergency. In exceptional cases, your health insurance will only cover the costs if you can prove that you have been rejected by several private health insurers. To do this, contact your health insurance provider before you go on vacation.
Are you privately insured or have you taken out additional private insurance? Then study the fine print carefully or call the hotline of your health insurance company to clarify the insurance coverage in your holiday country. Private insurance companies usually cover the cost of dental treatment in other EU countries. In contrast, they do not always work in non-EU countries. It is best to have your protection status confirmed in writing.
Travel health insurance covers gaps in coverage
If the coverage in your statutory or private health insurance is incomplete, it is worth taking out travel health insurance. These offers are usually not expensive, but give you the certainty that you won't be left with treatment costs for toothache on vacation.
The approximate cost of dental implants in Istanbul depends on the specific case, its complexity and the brand of your implant. Depending on the choice of implant brand and method, the price for a single implant can be between 415 € and 1,700 euros.
Last but not least, I wish you that you enjoy your well-deserved vacation relaxed and, above all, pain-free, but in the unlikely event that you suddenly wake up one morning with a toothache and should therefore look for an adequate dentist, I have listed below the links to the recommended dental clinics and dentists in the most popular vacation spots and cities, who can also provide you with help and advice for more extensive dental treatments, such as aesthetic or classic dental treatments (e.g. dental fillings, root canal treatments, dental crowns, dentures, bridges, bleaching).
I wish you a healthy and relaxing vacation without toothache...