Private clinics, lower prices, and the effort to provide quality seem to have recently attracted foreign visitors who have chosen our country as a destination to get an “Albanian smile.” In 2019, health tourism increased by 8.1% more than in 2018. According to the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), 658 foreign citizens visited Albania for health tourism in 2019. The dentist and cosmetician Arisa Bidaj confirm this growing number.
“In this case, we can talk about dental tourism, which is very widespread. For example, foreign clients with various agencies working with foreign patients bring them to Albania to perform both dental services and temporary stay”, says Arisa Bidaj.
As far as the economic conditions are concerned, “it is a factor that mainly affects Albanian patients. Although there is no lack of awareness of dental health care, unlike foreigners, prices are high for their budget.
“Once allowed to come to Albania to perform dental services, this is their first choice. Also, many Albanians repair their teeth before going to a foreign country,” says Arisa Bidaj.
Anjeza is an Albanian girl who recently lived in Germany but used the services in Albania to perform dental services.
“I was in Germany for a short time, but I came back here for dental services, although it seems a bit expensive for our salaries,” says Anjëza Rahmani.
Vania Tonello is an Italian tourist who proves that she has chosen Albania as a destination to spend her holidays and make visits for dental health.
“I benefited immediately after my arrival here to use the time to get dental services. And since then, I have not separated, and every year I have benefited from it because I found the professionalism and obviously lower prices,” says Vania Tonello.
Plastic surgeon Sokol Isaraj, who works in one of the medical centers in Tirana, says on the microphone of Report TV that another medical tourism group cultivated in Albania in recent years is those seeking cosmetics, including various types of plastic surgery.
“The only explanation is the cost. Any medical procedure in Albania is less expensive, at least for cosmetic surgery, than in other countries. Therefore, surgical procedures are felt in the same way in terms of cost, both by Albanians here and those coming from abroad,” explains Dr. Isaraj.