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, including Germans, 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.
The ARD consumer magazine "Plusminus" put the test to the test and tested dental tourism. 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 (although they sometimes have "dirt stuck"!). 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 the German 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 Germany. Partner dentists in Germany 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.
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 in German or at least in English!