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Poland

Republic of Poland/Rzeczpospolita Polska

Region: Europe

Area: 312,685 thous. sq. km

Capital: Warsaw

Major cities: Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań

Climate: continental, conditioned especially by westerly winds. The southern areas are humid

Languages spoken: Polish

Religion: Catholics

Local time: GMT +01

Calling code: +48

Currency: zloty

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: not required for EU, US, Israel, and Japan nationals for a stay up to 90 days; required for CIS citizens. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/poland_visa.htm

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow

Health care system in Norway is undergoing a continuous process of restructuring and changes. Today it receives substantial financial support from state authorities and actively implements advanced technologies, in particular, telemedicine. The quality of medical services, the level of attendance and comfort in Norwegian medical centres is very high and among the best in the world. An absolute majority of medical centres in Norway are state-owned. However, within the last five years private medical business has experienced active growth. It is private medical clinics that target foreign patients from the neighbouring countries of Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands, and some other West European countries, as well as Russia and other CIS countries. Doctors and administrative personnel of private Norwegian clinics have excellent mastery of not only English but also Swedish, German, and Russian. The cost of most medical services in private medical centres of Norway lies within the medium range for Western Europe, but is by 20-25 % lower than in the UK and Germany.

The major pride of modern Norwegian medicine is wide application of telemedicine. In this field Norway demonstrates best achievements in Western Europe. Back in mid-80s of the previous century, Norwegian company Telenor established a network of studios for conducting telesessions for medical purposes. In 1986, they started to conduct first sessions of distance training and teleconferences between separate Norwegian medical centres. The project turned out a success to the extent that in 1996 Norway became the first country in the world to officially include charges for telemedicine in its health care budget. Telemedicine is developing in various directions: radiology, general pathology, dermatology, laboratory examination, psychiatry, gastroenterology, cardiology among others. Coordination work in this sphere is performed by the National Centre for Telemedicine (NST). It conducts not just videoconferences alone but is planning for doctor’s consultations in the form of contacting general medical practitioners from the remote areas of the country, as well as leading medical centres of other countries.

Foreign patients come to Norway primarily for receiving quality and safe medical services in the sphere of dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and for delivery.

Ophthalmology. Private clinics of Norway perform treatment of astigmatism, short- and farsightedness applying cutting-edge laser equipment.

Dental services are some of the most required among foreign patients. They are more often interested in: surgical dentistry (sinus lifting procedure implantation, etc.), prosthetics (metal-ceramics, metal-free ceramics), cosmetic tooth whitening, veneer placement, various types of therapeutic treatment, orthodontics (including sublingual braces), child dentistry.

Within the recent years, there is a dramatically increasing number of maternity patients desiring to avail of the services of Norwegian doctors. According to the results of the research study performed by the International Save the Children Alliance, Norway has been recognised as one of the world countries providing the most comfortable conditions for child delivery and post-delivery rehabilitation. 

Services of Norwegian professionals in the sphere of aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery are becoming increasingly popular. The most consumer-demanded surgeries are: breast augmentation and reduction, age wrinkle removal, contour face lift, rhinoplasty. These procedures are equally favoured by men and women.

Recommended time for treatment: June to August. 

Clinics:

First sanatoria on mineral springs were opened in Poland back in XVIII century. Today they are not as well known as the neighbouring ones Czech and Hungarian, however many of them offer unique natural-climatic and recovery opportunities. Most Polish resorts are focused on balneological treatment.

The most famous balneological resort of Poland Krynica. Here there are springs with healing mineral hypothermal waters and rare mineral water “Zubr”. Indications for staying at the resort are varying: gastric ulcer, chronic gastritis, cholecystitis/gall bladder inflammation, gallstone disease, chronic pancreatitis and hepatitis, kidney stone disease, anaemia, diabetes, obesity, thyroid gland dysfunction, hypertension, blood circulation disorders, cystitis. Treatment programme includes water drinking courses, water and mud procedures. Unique mild mountain climate, clean air rich in ozone and pine essential oils produce a favourable effect on the immune system. The resort’s territory holds ancient and modern bath-houses. Many of them offer a course of different spa procedures applying local mineral waters and therapeutic muds.

Iwonicz-Zdrój is one of the oldest health centres of Poland surrounded by beech and coniferous forests. It is visited by patients with diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, respiratory organs, digestive system, and rheumatism. For treatment and recovery purposes, the course of procedures applying local mineral waters, salt brines, and therapeutic muds is prescribed. 

Polish resort Busko-Zdrój specialises in cardio-vascular diseases, rheumatism, and infantile cerebral paralysis. Treatment is also based on applying local mineral waters and muds.

Wieliczka resort is a historical site of international importance. This is where the famous underground sanatorium is located specialising in salt cave therapy of allergic diseases. Several hours a day sanatorium’s patients descend into salt mines to the depth of 210 m. The indications for staying at Wieliczka are: bronchial asthma and pulmonary emphysema.

Patients with respiratory diseases, diseases of the digestive system and musculoskeletal apparatus, metabolic disorders, gynaecological problems come to the resorts of Duszniki-Zdroj, Zegiestow, Lądek-Zdrój. For treatment and recovery purposes, various mineral waters and therapeutic muds are applied here. Major procedures include: baths, mud cold and hot wraps, water drinking courses, inhalations.

Forest area microclimate and ferrous mineral waters of Nałęczów resort are ideally suited for patients with cardio-vascular diseases. And Rabka-Zdrój is a unique child resort for treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, bronchial asthma, metabolic disorders, and cardio-vascular problems. For treatment and recovery purposes, special programmes applying mineral waters, therapeutic brines and muds are designed here.

Pierogi (dumplings with fruit, cheese, or meat filling), flaczki (meat and vegetables stew), gołąbki (cabbage rolls filled with meat and rice).

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Warsaw’s Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site preserved from the 13th century), Warsaw Historical Museum, Eagle-nest Castles (a chain of fortresses nearby Krakow), Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Nazis concentration camp), Żelazowa Wola (birth place of F.Chopin hosting the Sunday Chopin concerts from spring till late autumn).
Wieliczka (salt mines, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Krakow Jazz Festival (September, October), International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Slaskie (June).

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