Balneology is one of the branches of medicine, which describes the treatment and recovery with the help of various mineral waters. For example, treatment with irrigation, drinking, inhalation, baths or showers from mineral waters.
All resorts are divided into three main types:
Balneological resorts are settlements that have natural opportunities and a well-developed infrastructure for the recovery and treatment of patients.
The main healing factor of balneological resorts is mineral water, which can have different chemical composition. For example, on the territory of Ukraine there are sources with carbonic water, iodine-bromine, hydrogen sulfide, sulfide and so on.
The recommended treatment time at a balneological resort should be at least 14 days, but it is better to continue treatment for up to 21-28 days.
Procedures based on mineral water have a wide range of effects on all organs and vital processes in the body. If you use mineral waters for external procedures, they have a qualitative effect on the skin, while changing its permeability, eliminating flaking and dryness, and strengthening muscles.
If you use mineral water as a drink, it affects the mucous membranes of the entire gastrointestinal tract. Thus, the following diseases can be treated with the help of mineral water:
If foreign tourism is only a dream of many of us, then domestic travel is gaining momentum. Moreover, not only ordinary, but also medical tourism is in demand. After all, now Israeli and German clinics are closed for us. What areas of medicine are strong in our country? What regions specialize in what?
This "Vesti" was discussed with experts: Anna Guchok Bilous - founder of WellAnna, CEO of SmileMedtour, advisor to the president of ICC Ukraine on health protection and medical tourism; Innoy Dashchenko - Vice President of the International Association of Medical Tourism Physicians; Alexander Krevsky - head of the Committee for the preparation and holding of forums on medical tourism.
"The main flow of medical tourists from our country was associated with oncology," says Inna Dashchenko. "This branch of medicine is developing in our country, but it is still not at the highest level."
But in Ukraine there are several areas that attracted foreign patients in pre-coronavirus times. The demand on their part is one of the markers that the services are really high quality.
Together with experts, we have compiled the top medical industries that Ukrainian medicine can boast of. We also found out in which cities, besides Kiev, they are represented at the highest possible level.
Where should I go with my problem? To Odessa or Kharkov? The so-called medical tourism facilitators - agencies that specialize in it - help to choose a clinic. “You make a specific request, and they give you a list of clinics that correspond to it,” says Anna Guchok.
According to Anna Guchok, the main magnet that attracts medical tourists is the doctor's brand. People are ready to go, say, from Kiev to Lvov, first of all for the sake of a specific specialist. Or for the sake of a highly specialized medical institution.
"For example, in Ukraine there is the international Kozyavkin Rehabilitation Clinic, known all over the world. It became famous thanks to the unique methods of treating cerebral palsy," Anna gives an example.
Or, take the Institute of Eye Diseases. VP Filatov in Odessa. There is a department for almost every ophthalmological problem. There is a department of glaucoma, cataracts, laser surgery, etc. Thanks to this, a high efficiency of treatment is achieved, for the sake of which people are ready to come here from other cities.
The third engine of domestic medical tourism is, of course, economy. If in Kiev, for example, the average price of a seal is 700 UAH, then in neighboring Nizhyn it can be delivered for 350 UAH. If you need to fill several teeth at once, then the savings are significant, even taking into account travel costs.
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