Quotation Österle, August, Balázs, Péter, Delgado Jiménez, José. 2009. Travelling for teeth: characteristics and perspectives of dental care tourism in Hungary. British Dental Journal 206 (8): 425-428.




Background and aim Despite quite lively debates about dental care tourism, scientifi c studies into the size and the characteristics of the phenomenon remain widely lacking. The present study is the fi rst to measure the phenomenon in one of the most prominent destination countries, Hungary, with a particular focus on the Western Hungarian region and the capital Budapest. Method A questionnaire has been sent to dentists in these regions. The response rate is 25.3% in Western Hungary and 20.7% in Budapest. Results According to the survey, patients from neighbouring countries dominate dental care tourism in the border regions of Western Hungary, while Budapest attracts more patients from countries further away. In terms of motivation, dentists regard relative price levels but also service considerations as being of major importance for patients coming to Hungary for dental care. Conclusion The study confi rms Hungary as a centre for dental care tourism, attracting patients from bordering countries but also patients travelling longer distances. Price levels have been a major factor making Hungary an international treatment destination. With price differences narrowing down, broader service quality is increasingly emphasised as a selling strategy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal British Dental Journal
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Travelling for teeth: characteristics and perspectives of dental care tourism in Hungary
Volume 206
Number 8
Year 2009
Page from 425
Page to 428
Reviewed? Y


Cross-Border Mobility in Health Care
Österle, August (Details)
Delgado Jiménez, José (Former researcher)
Balázs, Péter (Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research Institute for Health Care Management and Economics FI (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
3911 Economics of the health system (Details)
3925 Health sciences (Details)
5346 Economics of the health system (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5942 European integration (Details)
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