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Dental tourism is a subset of the sector known as medical tourism. These individuals seeking dental care outside of their local healthcare systems.

While dental tourists may travel for various reasons, their choices are usually driven by price considerations. Wide variations in the economy of the countries that share borders have been historical pillars of the sector. Examples include travel from Austria to the Czech Republic and Slovenia, the U.S. to Mexico, and the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland. While medical tourism is often generalized to travel from high income countries to low-cost developing economies, other factors may influence a decision to make the trip, including differences between the financing of the public health or general access to health care.

The UK and the Republic of Ireland are two of the largest sources of dental tourists. Both have had their dental professions examined by competition authorities to determine whether consumers were getting value for money from their dentists. Both professions countries were criticized for the lack of price transparency. One answer to this is that dentistry is unsuitable for transparent pricing: each treatment can vary, an accurate quote is impossible until an examination has occurred. Thus price lists are no guarantee of final costs. Although it can foster a level of competition between dentists, this will only happen in a competitive environment where supply and demand are evenly matched. The Competition Authority 2007 report in the Irish Republic criticized the profession on its approach to a growing number of dentists and dental specialty training - Orthodontics is a particular area of ​​concern with the training were irregular and limited in number of places. The offer is limited as new dental specialties develop and dentists react to consumer demand for new dental products, further diluting the number of dentists available for any procedure.

For countries in the European Union, dental qualifications necessary to achieve a minimum approved by each country's government. Thus a dentist qualified in one country can be applied to any other EU country to practice in that country, allowing greater mobility of labor for dentists (directives applicable not only to the EU but to the whole the designation of the European Economic Area - EEA). The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEA) has standardization efforts to harmonize European standards. The proposals of the ADEA and Quality Assurance Benchmarking working group include the introduction of accreditation procedures for EU dentistry universities and programs to facilitate dental students completing part of their education in foreign dentistry schools Standardization qualification in a region reciprocally removes one of the obstacles to developing perception of patient mobility within that region.



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Schengen Fact Sheet
24 European countries are party to the Schengen agreement. This agreement eliminates all internal border controls between them. To enter one Schengen country is to gain up to 90 days of continuous travel between the member states. American citizens traveling for business or tourism are not required to have a visa for this initial entry into the Schengen area, their visit, and could face possible fines or other repercussions if unable to do so.
The member parties of the Schengen agreement are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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