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ANDREW COUTTS,  MA (Ed), BA (Law),BSc (Econ) Hons

Why Should we consider … Georgia?

Andrew Coutts


 

For the uninitiated Georgia is spectacular, the gem of the Caucasus lies between Asia and Europe and is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world with 12 different climate zones ranging from sublime beaches to snow mountains to semi-desert. With the diversity on offer it is easy to see why this unique and beautiful country is beginning to attract the medical tourist in ever growing numbers. Here are some interesting facts about Georgia: 

  • It’s not called Georgia

  • Georgians call their country Sakartvelo. The English name of the country is thought to have been adapted by Christian reformers in the Middle Ages.

  • The Home of wine 

  • Georgia has been producing wine for at least 8,000 years and is considered to be its birthplace.

  • A language like no other 

  • The Georgian language among 14 unique languages in the world; has its own alphabet and Is not spoken anywhere else in the world.

  • Recognised by UNESCO 

  • There are three cultural sites listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

  • It’s high

  • It’s one of the loftiest nations in Europe with the villages of Bochorna and Ushguli are the highest permanent settlements in Europe at 2,345 and 2,100 meters above sea level, respectively.

  • Your Money goes much further

  • According to the money men Georgia is the seventh cheapest country in the world.

  • Tbilisi is the perfect city break

  • “It's steeped in history – the Old Town, with its twisting alleys, is particularly fascinating,” says the singer, Katie Melua, who grew up in Tbilisi. “It's a city that’s very much off the beaten track. Not many tourists have been there, which makes it all the more worth visiting.”

  • Georgia and IVF Tourism

  • IVF tourism is quite developed in Georgia, and legislation on reproductive medicine is lenient, with donation and surrogacy treated as legally acceptable activities, which makes IVF tourism even more attractive to IVF travellers. The low cost of living in Georgia means that the cost of fertility treatment is very competitive and once you are there accommodation, travel and subsistence is equally favourable.

  • Surrogacy and donation are legal in Georgia and the country’s legislation grants parenthood to couples, not surrogate mothers. The Law of Georgia on Healthcare (Article 143) allows for using egg donation and surrogacy for IVF to treat infertile couples. Georgian legislation however recognizes only a male and a female as a couple.

Tamari Kachlishvili, who works with international patients at ReproART, the Georgian-American Center for Reproductive Medicine says, “ReproART, is the country’s the largest fertility clinic and is perfectly placed to offer couples the opportunity to access quality driven fertility treatment at affordable prices in the most serene of environments.

Georgia is a magnificent country with much to offer and one which is destined to become one of the most visited places for those seeking to travel for cost effective, medical treatment”.

Andrew Coutts is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on fertility issues and has been involved in developing numerous patient engagement events throughout Europe.

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