Marbella, Spain (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- Despite the added cost of air travel and overseas accommodation, record numbers of patients are choosing to undertake treatments outside the UK, with a growing number of people choosing Mills & Mills in Spain. British patients have been travelling to Mills & Mills Clinic for cosmetic, dental and weight loss treatments because of the high costs, long waiting lists and infection risks of care in the UK but now it seems that the credit crunch is forcing people to consider flying abroad for cut price private treatments combined with package holidays.
The fact that patients can not only have the surgery they have been waiting for but can combine it with a holiday has meant that Mills & Mills Cosmetic Surgery clinic in Marbella has seen a huge upsurge in patients coming to their clinic on the Costa del sol to do just that.
A patient at Mills &Mills commented that she had been saving to have her face lift surgery in the UK but she discovered that she could have her Surgery in Spain and stay for a two week recuperation holiday for the same price she would be expected to pay in the UK just for the surgery.
So why is this possible? Firstly the flights to Europe are generally cheap. I wanted to book a flight recently and was expecting the prices to be astronomical as it was school holidays I was so surprised to find that most of the airlines had great bargains and I could get find a flight for less than 50 pounds. Secondly there is the low cost of the Surgery, in Spain theatre and surgical costs are much less than in the UK this means that Mills & Mills can be up to 30% cheaper on the price of a Breast Augmentation or a Tummy Tuck. What's even more appealing is that if you combine two or more procedures ie a tummy Tuck and a Breast Aug the savings are even greater and with hotel or self catering apartment accommodation thrown in it makes the whole deal very attractive.
David Mills, Director of Mills & Mills says "we have seen a marked increase in patients coming to Mills this year, the growth is in the region of 30%. We had expected, with the credit crunch that we would see a slight fall but in fact it has proved the opposite. Most patients come here knowing they will receive excellent treatments for a fraction of the price of the UK and they can also enjoy the wonderful weather and facilities that the Costa del Sol has to offer as a holiday destination. In other words they are having the best of both worlds. Our most popular procedures are, Breast Augmentation, Gastric Banding, Face lifts and Liposuction and we have seen a rise in enquires in the 18+ age group for Breast Surgery. When asked the majority of our patients said saving money was their chief reason for travelling, some said they had chosen to go abroad to avoid NHS waiting lists but most patients do say they are worried about hospital infections in the UK.
David adds "There is a lot of misconception about the quality of care and experiences of people travelling abroad for treatments but our figures show that when our patients are travelling to Spain for cosmetic surgery and a two week holiday, they are having positive experiences. The quality and range of treatment available, coupled with the cost benefits, and the opportunity to combine it with a holiday means that having treatment overseas is now a real option for many people."
The Costa del sol has always been a favorite holiday destination for the Brits and is only 2 and half hours away from the UK, the same time it would take you to get from Liverpool to London on the train. It does seem that it would be crazy to contemplate surgery in the UK when you can fly to Spain ,have your surgery in one of the latest high tech infection free hospitals, enjoy a two week break in the Marbella sunshine and still come home with change in your pocket... no wonder Medical Tourism is the new black.