Medical Tourism in Belgium Cosmetic
surgery in Belgium
is a very popular destination for cosmetic surgery. From London it's
to get to Brussels by Eurostar. Brugge is very easy by Ferry
and many airports in the UK have destinations in Belgium
The clinical standards in Belgium are very high ,
and there are a lot of GMC registered surgeons in Belgium.
Belgium's health care system is famous around the world as a
center of excellence, which has resulted in exceptionally high
standards of health care and surgery on offer throughout Belgium.
Belgium Health Care System for residents
In Belgium there are no long waiting lists due
to the flexibility built in the health care system. Moreover,
the problem associated with surgery and the risks of secondary
infections are virtually eliminated in the Belgium health care system.
Belgium hospitals boast of less than 0.5% secondary infection
Belgium has one of the best healthcare systems in
Europe. Medical care is publicly funded through the compulsory
state insurance system which covers the majority of the population, along
with a number of private schemes. Contributions to the state scheme are
deducted automatically from employee salaries. Medical fees are
usually reimbursed up to around three quarters of the cost, with
individuals having to top up the payments. For this reason many
people also have supplementary private health insurance. Although the social security system including health
insurance is regulated by the Federal Government, the provision of
health services is the responsibility of individual provinces and regions.
Primary health care is mostly delivered via private practice.
On commencing employment in Belgium, foreign nationals
are required to join either the state insurance scheme or a private
scheme. You will be issued with a Social Security Identity card which should
be shown whenever you receive treatment from a doctor or hospital,
along with stickers which are to be attached to the doctor's bill in
order for the insurance payment to be processed.
You can choose to see any doctor or specialist consultant
or attend any hospital in Belgium, without referral. You can also see
practitioners offering alternative treatments, such as homeopathy,
acupuncture and osteopathy, as long as they are registered as qualified
with the government.
You are likely to have to pay a proportion of your
medical fees at the time of your treatment, and if you have private insurance
you will have to pay the full amount up front and claim reimbursement
from the insurance company.
Most dentists are in private practice in Belgium,
although some will accept state insurance for partial payment of
Belgium has a strong medical
infrastructure in place across the country. There is a huge network of both
private and independent hospitals across Belgium that ensures
high standards of health care and surgery have been consistently maintained
over the years.
are two types of hospitals in Belgium. A general
hospital (ziekenhuis) has its own staff on duty round the clock.
As soon as a patient is admitted to a hospital the staff are in charge
of patient care. Emergency numbers for an ambulance are 100
visiting patients who do not qualify for state medical care, a clinic
(kliniek) is a private hospital that too has its own staff. The difference here
is that the doctor will be in charge of the patient's care during a
stay in a clinic.
Patients can call on the surgeon directly, have their scans
immediately and after that the option to choose the timing of their
surgery: this week or next.
Every year innumerable
patients visit the country to obtain surgical, dental and cosmetic
surgeries. With mounting health care and medical costs, diminished health
insurance coverage, and long waiting lists in the home countries,
going to Belgium to have optimal medical services is a practical
and an attractive option.
Pharmacies usually operate a rota system to give
24-hour coverage in any area.
Unlike in UK where the
mother leaves the hospital within 6 hrs after the birth, Belgium hospitals
allow the mother and baby to be in hospital for 4-6 days. There is
always a private room available fully fitted with
bathroom and baby facilities. There are nurses to take care of the
mother and baby and advice on babycare at home.
Surgery in Belgium|
a visitor travelling to Belgium for Cosmetic surgery, it would be carried
out in a private clinic. Cosmetic surgery clinics cannot keep patients in over night, as all cosmetic surgery must be carried out as day case
surgery by law.
You will have your cosmetic surgery and then
recover for a while and then be taken to your hotel. Most surgeons
will give the patient an emergency telephone number so patients can call
surgeons if they need them. It is advisable
to stay in the area for a few days to ensure you are close to your
cosmetic surgeon in case there is a problem. Of course the choice is yours, but read all about the risk
after surgery here.
A recent study of the Health of Nations
by World Markets Research Centre, a leading provider of
independent business and industry intelligence, Belgium topped the 175 country
list with 98 points.
hospital system in Belgium is different from the US or the UK. Patients going to a hospital in Belgium, will
need to take their own clothes for sleeping purposes, their own robe,
toiletries and slippers. Patients are also required to take their own
and Surgeons in Belgium
The Belgium health care system makes every effort to keep
their doctors one of the very best in the world. Across the country there
are well trained doctors and these doctors are required to keep up-to-date
with the latest medical developments.
Most Belgium doctors
speak English or at least understand it. This can be
attributed to the fact that medical training in Belgium often requires the
use of text books that are in English. Doctors sometimes undergo periods of
study in the UK or USA.
Doctors in Belgium undergo intensive
training for some years, before they choose to specialise. That
depends on the type of specialisation. For instance, cosmetic surgeons will
have studied for a period of around 12 years in total before they will be
able to carry out cosmetic surgery.
Affiliation to hospitals.
Usually doctors in
Belgium are affiliated to more than one clinic, which ensures
patients have a choice if they need to be hospitalised.
Most Belgian doctors operate without administrative or
nursing staff to handle phone calls or make appointments. This means if
the patients prefer to make an appointment with their GP, it's usually
possible to be seen the same day. Doctors also make house calls, and in
some cases, prefer to attend patients at home by appointment
rather than their clinics.
The one thing that Belgium doctors and surgeons are renowned for is,
unlike doctors in other countries, they take time with their patients to
answer questions and discuss the treatment. They generally provide
more personal time so that best results are achieved.
To find a GP or specialists in
non-emergency medicine, there are a number of doctors in Brussels that
speak English. The US Embassy in Belgium has compiled an excellent
listing of English speaking doctors in Belgium (mainly Brussels and Antwerp)
including addresses, phone numbers, and Websites.
Apart from a well cared for medical system, state-of-the
art hospitals and excellent doctors, surgeons and support staff , there are a
number of other factors which have contributed to Belgium being a popular
choice for cosmetic surgery
The most important factor is the
price. On average, the cost of a surgery in Belgium is considerably lower
than in the UK, sometimes as much as 40-50%. Low
cost here, does not mean sub-standard or inferior quality.
factor is the cost of traveling to Belgium. There are a number of low cost
airlines that offer reduced prices for flights to Belgium from major
destinations. This translates into cheaper and easier travel to Brussels.
Other options such as the Eurostar have meant that traveling to Belgium
is a viable and cost effective solution than it was earlier.
as a country
Belgium is situated between Germany, Netherlands,
Luxembourg and France. It stretches from the scenic Ardennes region in the
south, to the wind swept North Sea coastline in the North, and is
interlaced by a network of canals. The population
was 10,403,951 in 2008. Belgium is the seat of both
the NATO and European Union and most West European capitals are
located within 1,000 km of the capital city Brussels.
The conventional long form of the country is Kingdom of
Belgium and the conventional short form is Belgium. Belgium is known in
the local long form as Royaume de Belgique / Koninkrijk Belgie and in
the local short form as Belgique / Belgie.
Belgium is a secular country as the 'laicist
constitution' ensuring freedom of religion. Materially and symbolically, the Roman
Catholic Church remains in a favourable position. A recent estimate
said that about 47% of the population is Catholic, while Islam was
recognised as the second-largest religion at 3.5%. The people are
friendly and easy-going.
Belgium is renowned across the world for its
cuisine. Many highly ranked Belgian restaurants can be found in the world's
most influential gastronomic guides.
Belgians love French fries and
waffles. Contrary to popular belief, French
fries originated in Belgium and not in France. The national
dishes are "mussels with fries" and "steak and fries
Belgian chocolates are among the most loved chocolates in
the world. Some of the brands of chocolate and pralines, like Cote
d'Or, Neuhaus, Callebaut, Guylian, Leonidas, and Godiva, are world
famous and widely sold. Belgium is a haven of beer lovers as it produces
over 500 varieties of beer. In Bev, has the
biggest known brewer in the world by volume.
Belgian economy is
stable. It is a modern,
private-enterprise economy which has been successful in capitalising on its highly
developed transport network, central geographic location, and
diversified commercial and industrial base. Roughly 75% of its trade
is with other EU countries. The government has balanced its budget, and
the country now boasts of equal income distribution. Belgium began
using the euro currency in January 2002.
and culture in Belgium are very much part of the
daily life. Belgium has a lot of cavalcades, processions,
parades, and other local festivals. Most of these events have a religious
UNESCO has recognised the Carnival of Binche and the
'Processional Giants and Dragons' of Ath, Brussels, Mechelen,
Dendermonde, and Mons as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of
Humanity. Other examples include Hanswijk in Mechelen and Virga Jesse in
Hasselt; the Walloon festival in Namur; and the August 15 festival in
Liege. A major non-official holiday is the Saint Nicholas Day, a
festivity for children and, in Liege, for students.
Belgium is a great country to travel to, not
just for tourism but also for cosmetic surgery and other medical purposes.
The low cost of
the health system, travel and stay coupled with interesting sights and
events make Belgium a happy place for a medical tourism related spot.