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Quick, what do you think of when we say Goa? Dental treatment, of course! We are not kidding; dental tourism has been growing in Goa, with people from all over the world coming to the the good old beach party destination of India for fixing their teeth. Cheaper international airfare and expensive dental treatments in their home countries are pulling in tourists to Goa. Here, they get to soak in the sun and also get their tooth problems sorted at a lower cost. Hundreds come from all over the world to treat their dental issues and also enjoy a relaxing holiday. ALSO READ: 20 things that you can only and only do in Goa!
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India in general has a thriving medical tourism market because of its lower healthcare costs, so it makes sense why Goa, a popular destination for tourists from India and abroad, would be a hit in the market. Even the state’s health minister, Vishwajit Rane, is exploring how the government can tap the dental tourism trend now. He is looking to develop the infrastructure of Goa’s Government Dental College to cater to the growing number of patients coming from outside the country. Rane was also impressed when he met a woman in Scotland whose family members visited Goa every year. Dentists across the small state are offering holiday packages that combine dental treatments with a beach holiday. Some are even tying up with car rental services for airport pickups and drops. Also Read - Coronavirus in Goa: As State Goes From 0 to 8 Cases, CM Sawant Urges Railways Not to Halt Train Here
The growth of the dental tourism market in Goa has triggered an increase in dental clinics as well, especially near the beaches for a more tourist-friendly experience. Calungate, for instance, has over 30 clinics now. Most of the clinics are located in the popular regions of Candolim and Anjuna, and many of them only open during the peak tourist seasons. Dentists come from other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, run their clinics from March to November, which is when most international tourists come to Goa, and then pack up and leave afterwards. The Indian Dental Association’s Goan chapter has fully endorsed the direction in which the state’s dental tourism industry is going.
Dentists in Goa help tourists to get proper accommodation and also help them plan out their trip so that they get enough time to spend at Goa’s beaches and experience the sights and sounds of the state. With this level of personalized service, the low costs and the beauty of its culture and landscape, Goa is indeed becoming a dental tourism hub. NOW READ: 6 best places to stay in Goa under Rs 600
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