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The highest quality of healthcare services in Lithuania and the gifts of nature itself is an excellent combination that offers medical tourists a wide range of medical, cosmetic and wellness treatments.
Lithuania is the largest of the Baltic states by territory with a total population of 2.9 million citizens. Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is a country blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes, covered with dense forests, sand dunes, rivers, and lakes. Lithuania is a real kingdom of lakes and rivers, it has more than 3000 lakes and 18 rivers with a length of over 100 kilometers.
Situated at the geographical centre of Europe, Lithuania has a rich history and deep-rooted traditions. At the beginning of the 15th century the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was an important political power in Eastern and Central Europe stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. The downfall of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania came at the end of the 18th century, when the Commonwealth was terminated and Lithuania was effectively split between Prussia’s and Russia’s empires. Today Lithuania is a vibrant and quirky country, which has undergone rapid modernization since becoming independent from the Soviet Union in 1990 and is a proud member of the EU and NATO.
Medical tourism is a growing industry in Lithuania, offering the highest quality healthcare services and the latest treatments at a considerably lower price than in Western Europe and the US. This is because there is lower labor cost and professional liability insurance than in other European countries. According to the Swedish Research Institute, Lithuania ranks 4th in the EU in terms of the price-quality ratio of medical services.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, renowned for its unique variety of architectural styles, cultural events and the Old Town, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Before World War II, Vilnius was referred to as "the Jerusalem of Lithuania" since it was one of the largest Jewish centres in Europe. Vilnius is increasingly popular for its authenticity, rich architectural heritage and bustling cafe culture.
2.9 million inhabitants
2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
1-5 hours from anywhere in Europe
Vilnius International Airport
Lithuanian is a national language but English is fluently spoken in many medical institutions
EU, Nato, Schengen Zone,
Lithuania has semi-continental climate, with very cold winters and mild, moderately rainy summers
Lithuanian mild summers, picturesque winters, unspoiled countryside and beautiful sandy beaches are the perfect location to recover, while the many spas and natural springs will leave you feeling fully revitalised.
Medical tourism in Lithuania
Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry in Lithuania which got a major development boost in 2011, when the Ministry of Economy agreed a plan with the Medical Tourism Association™ at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMT & GHC) to promote medical tourism in Lithuania and to become a world leader in the global medical tourism industry. Health tourism is set among the top four priorities in the development of tourism in Lithuania along with cultural, active leisure and conference tourism.
Lithuania has modern healthcare system offering state-of-the-art medical treatments and continuously introducing new cutting-edge technologies. Like in other Baltic countries, all medical institutions in Lithuania have a strictly regulated safety policies, meeting the highest EU and ISO quality regulations. Lithuania has one of the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world, providing a diverse range of medical services. The state-of-the-art medical treatments, together with competitive pricing and highly qualified staff, has led to the emergence of medical tourism in Lithuania, which attracts patients from all over Europe, US, Russia and Scandinavian counties.
Lithuania is also a popular destination for wellness, rehabilitation treatments and recovery. Mineral waters, therapeutic mud, medicinal herbs, amber are just a few local natural remedies, whose healing properties are successfully used by Lithuanian health resorts. The Lithuanian resorts of Druskininkai and Birštonas are especially well known for their wellness and spa treatments. Palanga is a popular resort situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea, that offers its many thermal and mineral baths treatments.
Healthcare system in Lithuania
Like in many EU countries, the healthcare system in Lithuania is funded by the government through a national health insurance scheme. All permanent residents should be registered and contribute to the national insurance schema. The state guarantees free medical care to all contributors, their family members, disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly and the long term sickness. For specialist care, patients need go through a standard GP referrals schema. European citizens carrying the EHIC card can get free access to healthcare in Lithuania as long as they can provide their EHIC card and passport.
Private healthcare in Lithuania is a growing industry providing the highest quality services, the latest treatments and fast healthcare access. Private healthcare institutions are equipped with innovative technologies and provide a full range of medical treatments and diagnostics. Many private healthcare institutions are focused on medical tourists providing superior medical facilities with multi-lingual staff. Top private clinics are based in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and Kaunas.
The education of Lithuania’s specialists corresponds to the highest international standards. Medical students have to study for six years and undertake at least one year internship before becoming fully qualified doctor. Medical specialists are expected to continually educate themselves to stay abreast of the latest developments in their field. Many healthcare professionals undertake training overseas in the EU or the US. A lot of doctors are active member of Europe’s most important industry associations.
Can European Union citizens use EHIC in Lithuania?
Lithuania is a member of the European Union and thus European citizens are entitled to receive medical treatments that become necessary in Lithuania, provided they hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and their passport. However, the EHIC only covers public healthcare so you should ensure that you’re treated by a state healthcare provider.
Where do medical tourists come from?
Medical tourists visiting Lithuania for healthcare services are coming from all parts of the world. The majority of medical tourists come from Russia, the US, Scandinavian counties, Israel and United Kingdom.
Most popular healthcare services
Cosmetic surgery and dental treatments are the most popular procedures. Lithuania is also top destination for cardiological treatments in Eastern Europe. Other popular treatments include:
• General surgery
• Allergy treatments
• Genealogy and urology
Compare prices of medical procedures across the world
Compare prices for medical procedures in Lithuania with other destination. It's worth noting that these prices are the starting prices and are not fixed or guaranteed. Prices may change from patient to patient, depending on a variety of different factors. Please get in touch for a personalised treatment quote.
All prices quoted in 2022, GBP
EU Directive on Cross Border Healthcare
EU Directive gives all EU patients the right to receive planned, emergency and unplanned healthcare services both in Lithuania and apply for reimbursement from the NHS. For more information please check https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/going-abroad-for-treatment/what-is-the-eu-directive-route/
Health & Safety
You should take comprehensive medical insurance to cover you during your stay. If you are from the EU, it is recommended to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Though it’s not a substitute for travel insurance, it entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Lithunian nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.
Lithuania is a member of the EU and Schengen zone. EU citizens don’t need a visa. U.S. citizens may enter Lithuania for up to 90 days. Russian visitors will need to apply for a Schengen visa.
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