Romania has some of the lowest prices in the European Union, from cost of living to medical expenses. As a result, medical tourism and especially dental tourism is flourishing here – and I will tell you everything you need to know about it.
The best part is that the medical staff is very well trained and most places that are visited by medical tourists in the country have state of the art equipment, but prices that are half or even much lower than what you would be expected to pay in the US or other EU countries.
Yes, it is true that workers in the health industry are moving at alarming rates to other countries in Europe for better salaries and an improved quality of life, but fortunately there are still enough left to offer great services – from regular state hospitals to private ones.
Even more so, there were some recent increases of the salaries in the country, including those of the health industry professionals. As a result, fewer doctors and nurses are tempted to leave the country as soon as they can.
Either way, there are definitely ready and capable to solve problems, big or small. Combine this with the really low prices and you can easily understand why medical tourism is starting to flourish in Romania.
Now, let’s get a bit more in depth with both general medical tourism in Romania, as well as dental tourism in the country and learn the costs you should expect.
What are the costs of private medical services in Romania?
While prices will vary a lot depending on the problems you need solved and the type of clinic you choose, I can say that costs are really low in the health department, even when it comes to private clinics and hospitals.
For example, visiting a specialist doctor in a private clinic for a complete exam will cost around 50 Euros. We’re talking here about experienced doctors, with studies and even published books in their field.
Blood work is also very cheap – it starts at around €25 for some basic tests and goes up from here, but prices remain low.
An ultrasound will be around €50, for example. The entire process of giving birth here is very cheap, too: you can read my full article about giving birth at a private clinic in Romania where I share my wife’s experience.
It seems that the country is extremely popular among those looking to enhance their appearance one way or another.
Cosmetic surgeries are getting more and more popular in Romania due to their really low prices and high quality.
For example, ladies (or gentlemen) who want bigger lips will only pay around 200 Euros for a Botox treatment, while breast augmentation costs as low as 3,000 Euros.
All the prices shared above are for private clinics. I would always recommend such clinics to foreigners.
But basically, any type of intervention or investigation costs a lot less than it would in Western Europe or the US.
This is why most Romanians from abroad still come back home for medical investigations and treatment. And now other nationals are starting to take advantage of this, with medical or health tourism flourishing these days.
If you do a little bit of research online, before choosing your private clinic, you will surely find a highly skilled doctor there and you will be extremely satisfied. But do a bit of research, don’t just choose the first clinic that pops up on a Google search.
Generally, it’s safe to say that choosing a big name private clinic in one of the country’s largest cities should be the way to go (more on this a bit later).
But until then, let’s talk about one of the most popular types of medical tourism in Romania, which deserves its own chapter.
Dental tourism in Romania
Dental tourism is the most popular type of medical tourism in the country, closely followed by that for cosmetic reasons.
Prices in private Dental practices are extremely low and the quality of the procedures is usually high. As a result, dentists are extremely popular for people coming from abroad.
Even in the small city that I live in – Drobeta Turnu Severin – I know Romanians coming back just to get their teeth done.
I have friends living in Germany, the UK or France and they’re all coming here whenever they need some dental work done. Why pay 2-3 times more when you can get the same level of quality?
Dental work & implants in Romania – What are the prices?
My wife has recently had a few teeth replaced at a private clinic in Constanta. The price was 200 Euros (1,000 Lei) for two teeth.
So expect to pay anything between 100 – 500 Euros per implant, depending on the clinic you choose and the materials used.
My wife actually went to the nearest clinic to our apartment and was still extremely satisfied. So chances of having a bad experience are low, especially if you choose one of the country’s larger cities.
Other prices for those interested in dental tourism in Romania are:
- tooth extractions: €10 – €30
- Scaling / deep cleaning: around €45
- Fixing a cavity / filling: around €50 per tooth
I also had some teeth replaced, several years ago, in my small home city of Drobeta Turnu Severin. It cost me 500 lei (around €100) per tooth back then and the job was done professionally. It’s been 5 years since and I have no problems with the job done.
These prices surely beat the competition in other countries and, as I have already said, the quality of the procedures is really high! Sure, prices can vary from a place to another, but not by a lot.
One of my friends from the US was joking that it would be cheaper for him to come to Romania, get all his teeth replaced (found a clinic where it would cost around €7,000 for the job), stay at a 5-star hotel for 7 nights and still end up paying A LOT less than he would in the US.
If you’re interesting of trying something like this, I have a list of the best Bucharest hotels close to the city center – this way, you can also explore the city a bit while here.
Another potential benefit for those looking to get their teeth done while in Romania is that generally, doctors here will only use local anesthetics when doing their job, so you won’t be groggy after a visit.
Best cities for medical tourism in Romania
Even though every city has its fair share of skilled specialists, it’s safer and better in my opinion to stick to the larger cities that already have some sort of history with medical tourism.
Bucharest is by far the best option as it can easily be reached by plane from anywhere in the world, and being Romania’s capital has the most to offer both in terms of quality, as well as quantity.
But other large cities offer similar services as well.
Cluj Napoca, Brasov, Timisoara or Constanta can be very good destinations for those looking for getting back in shape or in tip top health without paying a fortune.
These three cities might also be a bit cheaper than Bucharest is, while the quality of the services offered will be similar if not identical.
With most of the medical tourists in the country coming from Germany, the UK and other Western European countries, we can safely say that Romania is way cheaper than most of Europe also.
During my research on this matter, I found out that similar practices (medical tourism) are happening in nearby countries as well, which are more popular simply because they are more touristy than Romania.
Hungary and Croatia seem to be Romania’s main competitors in Europe in terms of medical tourism, but they are also more expensive.
And I am tempted to think that the quality of the services provided is similar. Just a personal opinion, of course.
In the end, for somebody looking to get their health back in shape for a lower price than back home, it’s good to know that there are options available.
Medical tourism is a thing in Romania, and no matter if you come to get some dental work done, for cosmetic reasons or other healthcare problems, private clinics here will be cheap and offer high quality in return.
Tens of thousands of people have done it over the past few years and they had no reasons to complain afterward.
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