Health Tourism

Health Tourism

The concept of Health Tourism is not a new one. The first recorded instance of Health  tourism dates back thousands of years to when Greek pilgrims traveled from all over the Mediterranean to the small territory in the Saronic Gulf called Epidauria. This territory was the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios. Epidauria became the original travel destination for medical tourism.

Spa towns and sanitariums may be considered an early form of medical tourism. In eighteenth century England, for example, patients visited spas because they were places with supposedly health-giving mineral waters, treating diseases from gout to liver disorders and bronchitis.

Health tourism providers have developed as intermediaries to unite potential medical tourists with provider hospitals and other organisations.

Gozo is also offering its professional medical service to establish itself as a health tourism destination.


Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centre was established in Victoria, Gozo in 1985. It is a complete dental and oral health centre, catering for local and foreign residents and visiting patients from all over Europe. It enjoys an excellent reputation primarily due to its professionally trained staff complement and the services of resident and visiting consultants in the various specialities of dentistry. English, Italian and French are spoken fluently by various members of our staff who can also communicate in German and Spanish.

We are a friendly, state-of-the-art practice dedicated to Comprehensive Quality Dental Care. We cater for all our patients’ dental requirements from routine care and preventive dentistry, through restoration, treatment of gum disease and aesthetic dentistry, to full rehabilitation using the latest materials and techniques. These include tooth-coloured fillings (mercury-free), inlays, porcelain crowns and veneers ( including Cerec AC® same-day versions of these). Precision attachment-retained partial dentures, conventional crown and bridgework and implants. Non-surgical facelifts and Lip and Facial aesthetics are also catered for. Child and Adult Orthodontics including INVISALIGN® – (invisible tooth straightening) is available as is bite correction for aching and clicking jaws and some forms of chronic headache.

In 2006 Savina Dental Clinic was accorded International Visiting Centre status for ZIMMER ® Dental Implants (Carlsbad, USA), a point of reference for colleagues and patients

Oral Hygiene, spa-style ZOOM!® Tooth Whitening and Fresh Breath clinics are conducted by our resident dental hygienist, Mr Paul Debrincat SRDH. Children, Emergencies and Phobic patients are welcome.

Our Clinical Team is committed to continuing education programs in order to keep up to date with techniques and materials to provide our patients with the treatment and services they desire.

All surgeries are fitted with the latest equipment for optimum patient care and comfort. Digital radiography and in-house SCANORA® Cone Beam CT Scanning facilities allow detailed and accurate surgical treatment planning and diagnosis. Intra-oral SPECTROSHADE® spectrophotometry allows accurate digital shade-taking in the patient’s mouth for perfect aesthetic results.

Every member of the team is trained in the necessary cross infection procedures recommended by the British Dental Association to ensure complete safety and patient confidence. Our sterilization procedures are of the highest quality and are continually monitored.

The Principal, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry.
He graduated in Malta in 1985 and in 1998 qualified for membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
In May 2004 he was elected Member in General Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and in May 2005 elected Fellow in General Dental Surgery of the same college. He is also a member of the British Society for General Dental Surgery, The Anglo-Asian Odontological Society, The British Dental Health Foundation, the Dental Association of Malta and a Founder Member of the Gozo Medical Association.
He is currently mentoring candidates preparing for various diplomas of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a Member of the International Team for implantology and is key opinion leader for Crest and Oral B worldwide. In June 2008 he was elected to the International College of Dentists and received his Fellowship in Athens, Greece.

For several years, Savina Dental Clinic has been sought after by visiting patients for extensive oral rehabilitation procedures. In the days preceding implants, this was mainly crown and bridgework and gum surgery. Nowadays, implantology cases with associated bone augmentation procedures, as well as non-surgical facelifts, designer smile makeovers and tooth whitening form the bulk of patient requests

For a first-time visitor in particular, we can arrange anything from a free initial consultation in the field of their choice to a complete travel, accommodation and treatment package. As an indication, a double room in a four star hotel within five minutes’ walk from the surgery starts from around €40 per night B&B. All proposed treatment is discussed thoroughly, written treatment plans and estimates are provided, and all treatment is carried out under the strictest international protocols. Through our arrangements with local service providers we can also organise all auxiliary post-treatment services ranging from special dietary requirements through medical domiciliary visits to spa therapy.

Our wage and overhead costs allow us to price our services at a level that is considered very advantageous for our visiting patients. As with everywhere else, even locally, costs vary, but the fundamental consideration for every patient contemplating treatment in Malta should be the standard of care provided.

Savina Clinic – Skin & Smile

Savina Clinic – Skin & Smile opened its doors in October 2012, within Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centre. The clinics are both situated in the heart of Victoria, Gozo.

Savina clinic skin & smile is managed by our Aesthetic nurse Leanne Buttigieg, who is a UK – qualified nurse with a special interest in IPL hair removal & skin rejuvenation.

Qualified medical practitioners provide dermatology consultations, hair transplant and spider vein and tattoo removal services, Botox and Dermal Fillers and acne treatment.

We are committed to providing a professional but friendly service in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

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