Dr. Raul Del Toro, a dentist specializing in orthodontics and oral rehabilitation, stated that the Dominican Republic has positioned itself in dental medical tourism due to its attractive offer of quality, technology and price.
He explained that, in the first study and diagnosis of Dominican health tourism, dentistry was established as the leading specialty in case management for the nation’s health tourists.
He specified that dental tourists visiting the DR are, above all, Dominicans living abroad who live in New York and the East Coast of the United States, as well as patients from North America and the Caribbean islands, among others.
“They are interested in packages that include airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel, dental consultation, pre- and post-surgery photographic examination, radiological examination, CT scan and procedures, in addition to post-operative controls that guarantee continuity of care,” Del Toro detailed.
However, in order to continue strengthening the market niche in the country, the renowned orthodontist and CEO of the Odontologique dental clinic, considered that it is necessary to work on generating greater alliances between medical and dental associations, and between the governmental and private sectors.
He affirmed that it is necessary to fight intrusion and clandestine centers and to continue strengthening the promotion, quality and safety of services and the entire value chain of dental medical tourism.
He emphasized that it is crucial that the professionals in the sector are members of the Dominican College of Dentists and their respective specialized societies and that the centers are licensed by the Ministry of Public Health, according to El Dia.
Also, that personnel be trained in health tourism and patient-centered care, initiating processes of international certifications and accreditations, in order to continue to gain recognition and the trust of the international community.
The doctor concluded by stating that the Dominican Republic Health and Wellness Tourism Guide is a key tool to guide potential medical and dental tourists.
Likewise, the 6th International Congress of Health and Wellness Tourism, organized by the Dominican Association of Health Tourism (ADTS) and AF Comunicación Estratégica, will be a great opportunity to learn about the experiences of other countries, new trends in the sector and to make contact with medical facilitators, international insurance companies and investors.
The event will be held on November 1 and 2 at the JW Marriot Hotel in the Dominican capital.
It is recalled that according to September 2023 data from the CareQuest Oral Health Institute, 68.5 million Americans lack dental insurance and a significant proportion of those who are insured are underinsured.
The reality significantly limits their access to dental implants, specialized dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, which makes our country an attractive alternative.
Dental tourists are mainly looking for treatments related to dental implants, dental esthetics, invisible orthodontics and technology such as 3D printing and painless procedures.