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Healthcare options attract medical tourists to Lithuania

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 04.07.2012.Print version
Medical tourism – a promising sphere of the tourism business – is quite prospering in Lithuania, since it offers lower prices as compared to many other countries, it also attracts tourists from the post-Soviet countries due to the lack of language barriers, Lietuvos Rytas reports.

Director General of the Lithuanian medical center Kardiolita, Dariaus Jonucio, pointed out that local healthcare institutions offer high-quality services at lower price; and, if a person does not wish to get treatment at homeland, he or she most often chooses Germany, Lithuania, or Israel to seek medical help, informs LETA/ELTA.


"Considering the price and language barrier, tourists from Russia and Ukraine often give preference to Lithuania where they are always understood", told Jonutis.


There are many Russian-speaking visitors in the clinic who come mainly from Kaliningrad.


"People coming from neighboring Russia represent almost 40% of all customers. This is especially important for the health-care institution. Within one year, medical tourists from Eastern countries provide turnover amounting to eight million litas," noted Jonutis.


The overall health examination cost in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg is almost ten times more expensive as compared to Lithuania, and in Ukraine it costs about two-threefold more above the local price list. People come to Lithuania from abroad mainly to obtain heart surgery, joint replacement, treatment of gynecological and urological diseases, eye surgery, or dental procedures, have overall health condition checks, or undergo plastic surgery, said the head of Kardiolita.

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