Estonia – Idyllic Beauty, Quality Healthcare
Estonia is a country of wonderful natural beauty. Amongst the scenic treasures Estonia has to offer are picturesque deserted beaches, magical forests and rolling hills. Estonia also has a cosmopolitan capital and plenty of great towns and villages to explore. Estonia’s Medical Tourism industry is a growing one and with its easy accessibility, low cost treatment and quality care on offer, Estonia is becoming a popular destination for Medical Tourists.
Why Choose Estonia for Travel and Treatment?
Estonia’s beauty is evident to visitors from the moment they arrive. The landscape is stunning and out in the countryside, there’s a wonderful vista everywhere you turn. The capital city of Tallinn only adds to Estonia’s beauty. The 14th century architecture and historical ruins demand exploration. But not only is the city lovely to look at, it is also offers tourists a cosmopolitan atmosphere with numerous cafes and restaurants as well as fantastic museums. In fact every town and lots of villages in Estonia has at least one art gallery or museum! Tallinn is a great place for Medical Tourists to stay during their medical vacation. It’s also a good base for exploring the rest of Estonia. Pre or post treatment, Medical Tourists will want to experience the natural beauty of Estonia. From lakes to hills and from rivers to meadows, there’s beauty in abundance. Estonia is about 50% forest and there are national parks to visit, trails to hike and plenty of activities to suit everyone from horse riding to bird watching. Lovely coastal towns overlook deserted beaches and tourists will want to visit one of the country’s famous restored or ruined Castles. Estonia is steeped in history but its healthcare is modern and state-of-the-art. The fact that it can be offered at lower prices than those in Western Europe and the US means that Medical Tourists can combine low cost treatment with an Estonian vacation and not compromise on price.
Medical Facilities in Estonia
At the end of the 1990s, Estonia’s healthcare system was completely remodelled and modernized and consistently places near the top of the EUs listings using public health service indicators. The remodelling included improving the quality and accessibility of the healthcare system, reorganizing the system’s funding and using resources more efficiently. Healthcare in Estonia is predominantly funded publicly through public health insurance. There are both public and private healthcare facilities in Estonia and the medical care offered in the country is excellent. Estonia is building its Medical Tourism industry daily and all efforts are directed at making International Patients feel safe, cared for and ultimately to give them the best possible care. Prices for treatment in Estonia are low with prices regularly being 60-70% lower than those in the UK or US. Estonian Medical facilities offer a variety of treatment areas. Amongst the most popular are Dental, Cosmetic and Wellness and Spa.
Estonia Hospitals and International Standards of Care
The Estonian Hospital Development Plan 2015 (HNDP) was implemented in 2001 with the aim of reorganising Estonia’s hospital network concentrating on bringing specialist cutting edge technology to major hospital centres. The Estonian Ministry of Health overseas all aspects of the healthcare system and all Hospitals, Doctors, Clinics and Specialists must comply with the rules of the Estonian Medical Association, which works under the guidance of the Ministry, and all must adhere to European regulations . When the healthcare system was reformed, the training of doctors and introduction of family doctors was central to the remodelling. It takes 6 years to qualify and then many students undertake another period of study for up to 5 years to become a specialist in their chosen field.
Convalescence in Estonia
Estonia is the perfect place to recuperate post-treatment. The main cities and towns have all the facilities a Medical Tourist would need from a variety of accommodation options and sight-seeing tours to relaxing cafes and great restaurants. Estonia’s enchanting beauty is a fantastic bonus! Estonia is a small country and so day trips to your chosen activity, be it strolling in the foothills or sunbathing on the beach, are easy to organise. Many Medical Providers will offer Medical Tourists package deals which can include travel, transport, accommodation and aftercare options. Estonia is also known as a wellness and spa destination ever since the different muds in it’s spa regions were found to have therapeutic qualities in 1820! A trip to a Spa Centre for a bit of pampering may be the perfect way to convalesce in Estonia.
Estonia Travel Information
Visitors from many countries including the UK, USA, Canada and Australia do not need visas to enter Estonia. Getting to Estonia is very easy from Europe. It’s less than a 3 hour flight from London and 2 and a half hours from Paris or Frankfurt. Travelling from further afield may take longer but it’s not a complicated arrangement as Estonia is served by many airlines internationally. There are a range of accommodation options in Estonia with budget hotels in Tallinn starting from around $40 USD per night or £26 GPB. Once in Estonia, the bus network is a good way to get around. Buses in Estonia are frequent and cover a lot of the country not serviced by rail. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant will cost around 7 Euros ($9 USD) with a 3 course meal at a mid-range restaurant costing around 28 Euros ($36 USD).
Estonia Quick Facts
||Tallinn-Ülemiste Airport (TLL),
Pärnu Airport (EPU),
Tartu-Ülenurme Airport (TAY)
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