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When playing doctors is not a game

by Lóránt Dénes

Not many things can ruin a holiday like a sudden illness or an accident. The country where we are holidaying at, suddenly changes from an exciting strange place waiting to be explored to a chaotic, scary and foreign one. All of a sudden it isn’t so funny that we can’t understand a word of those around us, and Google Maps are showing street names that we can’t even read. It’s important not to start to panic, as there is always a solution, just let there be a mobile net/WiFi hotspot and signal available.

Many believe that it’s worth to save money on travel insurance, as what could happen, and even if something does, it’s never to us. Considering how the cost/risk ratio does not support this logic whatsoever, if we want to be “crafty” no matter what, then let’s travel with no ticket at the metro, but most definitely don’t pass on travel insurance.

To EU citizens, getting the European Health Insurance Card is fundamental. With this card the basic healthcare services are free within the EU.

Private Practices

If we do not need immediate attention, we can find many private practices in the capital. The correct travel insurances cover the cost of the service, and all of these practices speak at least basic English, have modern tools, we can get a high quality treatment.

They also provide a prescription if we need medication, which we can get at any of the pharmacies in Budapest afterwards.

If the worst happens and we need a dentist, at the center of the city there are many practices that specialize in treating foreigners, and while they aren’t cheap, in a situation like this we don’t have much choice. Citizens of the EU can undergo the free, government paid dental care, but if possible leave this be the last option.

There is no need for a health emergency to ruin a holiday. With minimal planning we can be sure to be relaxed, even when something goes wrong, and knowing this we will feel more free to try different things while we are on a holiday.

Recommended Private Practices in Budapest:

Swiss Clinic

Address: 1132 Budapest, Váci út 30.
0-24 Emergency: +36 30 992 0387 

Duna Medical Center

Address: 1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 7.
Phone: +36 1 790 7070

Buda Health Center

Address: 1126 Budapest, Nagy Jenő utca 8. 
Phone: +3 6 1 489-5200

Recommended Dentist Offices in Budapest:

Haifa Dent (Non-stop!)

Address: 1072 Budapest, Akácfa utca 13. 
Phone: +36 20 263 7262

Profident (my favorite)

Address: 1075 Budapest, Károly krt. 1. (near Astoria)
Phone:  +36 1 342 2546 

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