Why trust a dentist outside the UK?
Experiencing a health problem abroad is one of the worst situations that one can go through. Universal health care is a privilege that only some privileged countries have. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “about half of the world’s population lacks comprehensive access to basic health services.” And we do mean BASIC health services.
If you are on a tourist route through the Amazon, for example, and require an emergency operation, start shaking. However, if you are on vacation in Spain, these fears have no justification.
The 2018 Bloomberg report, which analyses the health system of 200 countries, rates Spanish as the third most efficient in the world; The Global Burden of Diseases 2016 analysis, published in the Lancet magazine, gives Spain the 9th position with 92 points out of 100 (the same study gives the United Kingdom 90 points). And a report published in August by CEOWorld Magazine by Numbeo (,who define themselves as “the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries world-wide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution ) places Spain in its top ten of the ranking called the 2019 Health Index, composed also of Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Austria, Denmark, Thailand, Spain (7th position with a 78.42), France, Belgium and Australia. United Kingdom occupies the 13th position.
If we talk about services such as dental, which not even in Europe are covered in an integral way, in Spain you can trust to be in the hands of well-trained professionals with access to the latest technology. Artedental is a dental clinic located in one of the most important tourist centres in Spain, in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife), and therefore with extensive experience in the care of foreign patients.
“Nearly 70% of our patients are of British and German origin, and we understand that they have very specific needs when they attend a clinic abroad,” explains Amaya Sáez, Artedental manager. From the clinic, professionals recommend, as in any country in Europe, to conduct a brief investigation on the best clinics near the accommodation. “Testimonials and assess-ments of other patients, training of professionals who work in it, access to the latest technology and good care in English are key factors when choosing where to be treated,” insists Sáez.
The non-profit organisation, The English-Speaking Healthcare Association Spain (ESHA), whose mission is, according to the organisation itself, “to promote excellence and ensure the quality of health care among the English-speaking community in Spain,” explains in fact that in order to become a dentist in Spain, it is necessary to be registered in the different dentist associations after five years of university training or European equivalent; and qualifies the training as “high level and competence”.