Treatment abroad

Treatment abroad risks

Before seeking treatment abroad, it is vital that you understand the risks and gather enough information to avoid the pitfalls.

Is treatment abroad right for you?

Use this checklist before you book your treatment abroad to feel confident that you’re making the right decision.

Questions to ask the surgeon or dentist

Important questions to ask the surgeon or dentist if you are thinking of having treatment abroad.

Cosmetic surgery abroad

Treatment abroad often costs less than in the UK but any savings should be weighed up against potential risks.

Treatment abroad: Q&A

Some people choose to travel outside the UK for medical or dental treatment. Find out where they go and why.

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research so that you know what to expect.

Avoid medicines scams

Does an online miracle cure hold the answer to your health problem?

Understanding your medicines

How to make sense of your prescription medicines and what to discuss with your doctor. Plus, a pharmacist answers common questions.


NHS services explained

This section explains the NHS services available in England. Plus advice on how to access each service, including what to do in emergencies

Giving birth abroad

Find out what rules apply if you want to give birth outside the UK

Want to have treatment abroad?

Find out what your options are if you wish to have NHS-funded treatment abroad and how to go about it

Choice of treatments

Many health conditions can be treated in different ways. Know your options and choose what's right for you

Don't forget your passport

You can renew your passport up to nine months before it expires – don’t leave it to the last minute