Why do Ukrainians come to Ukraine for medical treatment from abroad?
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees regularly come to Ukraine for a short period of time, and one of the reasons they travel to a country where war is ongoing is to visit doctors. Find out why Ukrainians temporarily residing in Europe choose to be treated in Ukraine
Currently, millions of refugees from Ukraine are forced to make their lives abroad, including in European countries. However, as reported in The New York Times, despite the fact that most countries offer good conditions, Ukrainians still return to Ukraine for short periods of time, including to visit doctors.
Why Ukrainian refugees choose Ukrainian medicine and visit doctors despite all the risks associated with the war, we will tell you in the article below.
How many Ukrainian refugees visit Ukraine during the war?
According to a survey conducted by the UN Refugee Agency, at least 39% of Ukrainian refugees have traveled from Europe to Ukraine at least once for business. Among the most common reasons they mentioned were:
- The need to settle issues with documents;
- to see family and friends;
- visit doctors.
According to historians and sociologists, the scale of these trips is unusual for modern history. In their opinion, the short trips indicate that refugees from Ukraine are trying to adapt to the war and find a balance between staying in safe countries abroad and returning to their normal lives at home.
Why do Ukrainians choose Ukrainian medicine over doctors in Europe?
During the survey, sociologists found that a large number of refugees from Ukraine are disappointed with the healthcare system in Europe. Ukrainians in Europe are most concerned about the very long wait for a doctor's appointment, the language barrier, and inadequate treatment. In addition, Ukrainians note that treatment in Ukraine is much cheaper, especially for specialized dental care.
That is why citizens who have received temporary protection abroad decide to travel to Ukraine to see doctors, even despite the difficult journey of more than 1,000 kilometers and the risks associated with the war.
How to enter Ukraine safely during the war?
Unfortunately, there are no completely safe regions in Ukraine right now, as the threat of missile attacks from russia remains. However, you can make your trip to Ukraine as safe as possible under martial law by purchasing health insurance covering military risks. This is especially important for those traveling to Ukraine from abroad, as any existing foreign insurance will not be valid in Ukraine as long as martial law is in place.
You can buy reliable health insurance that covers not only basic medical services and treatment, but also accidents or injuries related to military operations on the Visit Ukraine website. The insurance policy is available for both foreigners and Ukrainians.
We remind you! Ukrainians, foreign citizens, and stateless persons may freely enter the territory of Ukraine during the war, but subject to certain restrictions. Read all about the current rules for crossing the Ukrainian border and the documents required for this in our previous article.
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