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What is Dental tourism?

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Dental tourism (also called dental vacations or commonly known as dental holidays in Europe) is a subset of the sector known as medical tourism.It involves individuals seeking dental care outside of their local healthcare systems and may be accompanied by a vacation.Dental tourism is growing worldwide:as the world becomes ever more interdependent and competitive,technique,material,and technological advances spread rapidly,enabling providers in "developing countries" to provide dental care at significant cost savings when compared with their peers in the developed world.

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Reasons for travel
While dental tourists may travel for a variety of reasons,their choices are usually driven by price considerations.Wide variations in the economics of countries with shared borders have been the historical mainstay of the sector.Examples include travel from Austria to Hungary,Slovakia,Slovenia and Romania,from the US and Canada to Mexico,Costa Rica and Peru,from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland,Hungary,Poland,Turkey and Ukraine,and from Australia to Thailand and other countries of South-East Asia.While medical tourism is often generalized to travel from high-income countries to low-cost developing economies,other factors can influence a decision to travel,including differences between the funding of public healthcare or general access to healthcare.

Mobility of labour
For countries within the European Union,dental qualifications are required to reach a minimum approved by each country’s government.Thus a dentist qualified in one country can apply to any other EU country to practice in that country,allowing for greater mobility of labour for dentists (Directives typically apply not only to the EU but to the wider designation of the European Economic Area - EEA).The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) has standardization efforts to harmonize European standards.Proposals from the ADEE's Quality Assurance and Benchmarking taskforce cover the introduction of accreditation procedures for EU dentistry universities as well as programmes to facilitate dental students completing part of their education in foreign dentistry schools.Standardization of qualification in a region reciprocally removes one of the perceptual barriers for the development of patient mobility within that region.

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