It can affect anyone all of a sudden – a crown, an implant or even a new set of teeth is required. When considering the cost is so many light-headed.

Open borders – a Europe

Dental treatment in Austria was never cheap, but in recent years, the declining subsidies of health insurance for many patients a real problem. Many people can afford expensive dental treatment is not simply and so it is not surprising, that is precisely in times of economic crisis increasingly looking for alternatives. Today we come to the Internet even agencies that have focused entirely on the “dental tourism”.


Especially in border areas of Austria are also looking for a lot of people even doctors abroad. Are especially Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, cheap, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria attract well with significantly lower treatment costs. This exchange is possible only on the eastern enlargement of the European Union 1 May 2004 has become. For within the EU Member States have all Austrians the right to seek treatment without the approval of the local outpatient health insurance abroad and also receive back one of the cost.

Pro – significantly lower treatment costs

The list for treatment abroad is no more than a point, but this is of great importance. The cost of treatment in some countries up to 70% cheaper than in Austria. With dental implants, jaw or elaborate treatments, which can quickly exceed the thousand mark in Austria, it saves a lot.

The reason for this price difference is not necessarily the quality. In the new EU Member States has lower wages, rents and labor costs. Thus goes on even with a large check, especially in times of declining fares, the bill generally. Close to the border, many doctors even talk German, because of course they have already recognized the advantage of the situation. Many patients have nevertheless still doubt and hesitation before a trip abroad.

Cons – standards and the legal position in case of problems

How justified are these doubts may be formulated in general difficult. As I said, the prejudice of the lower quality of care abroad is no longer tenable. It is through the increased flow of patients, many foreign doctors to gain additional experience. Of the local dentists is expected to echo the fact that many treatments abroad are inferior and lead to complications in a row. The high cost of treatment in Austria can be justified with training, standard and quality. The truth probably lies somewhere in between.

An argument against the visit abroad could be a lack of foreign policy practitioners. This does not automatically mean bad work, but require the patient in advance to clarify and protect the treatments. Because it is especially important, what to do in case of complaint. From a purely legal within the EU is a warranty period of two years for dentures, the physician is liable only for the treatment, but not for the success of healing. It should, in any case that the foreign dentist Although the follow-up treatments can be taken, but the patient must pay for his re-check itself.

Questions they should ask in any case

The debate about the pros and cons clearly shows that there is no clear answer. In effect, each patient must weigh the benefits and risks for themselves. If you decide to receive treatment abroad, a good preparation but can be worth gold. So a few tips: Take your time when choosing a doctor. Are there any recommendations or advice for what to give other patients? As affected patients survive long term with their dentures? Pays for them personally visiting abroad, if any more treatments are necessary?

It is important to clarify even more what happens in case of complications. Who is liable for it and how they get their due? With a larger treatment it is recommended that the ordination of the physician to view and test the pre-linguistic communication. Any defects in equipment or hygiene would notice them so quickly. In the case of treatment should always be well prepared. Take it with current X-ray images and ask them in advance to the final cost. They also ask for a written confirmation of the treatment with a list of materials and implant brands. So they have in an emergency for treatment in Austria, the most important information.