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Why Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkey offers patients and tourists great hospitality, fantastic scenery and now world-class healthcare at affordable rates. Healthcare transformation in Turkey has brought about dramatic change not only to Turkey’s healthcare landscape, but also the attention of doctors and patients from different countries. Turkey in recent years has begun to compete with countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hungary for a share of the global medical tourism market. Medical Tourism in Turkey has had a leading role in the development of its private healthcare sector with patients coming from abroad seeking medical treatments including Cardiovascular Surgery, Cancer treatment (Oncology), Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Eye and Dental Treatment. In 2012, approximately 270,000 foreigners received health care and medical services in Turkey, with the vast majority of visitors receiving treatments from private hospitals.  

Key Strengths of Turkey for medical tourism

- Large number of JCI-accredited hospitals and medical institutions 
- Shorter waiting-times than European and neighboring countries for many medical procedures
- Considered top 10 medical tourism destination in the world
- Specialties include Cardiovascular Surgery, Oncology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Eye and Dental Treatment

Why should you consider Turkey for your health care needs?

Medical tourists are choosing to travel to seeking treatment in Turkey for a variety of reasons including:

1. Government legislation and support for new and high-quality hospitals

The health sector in Turkey has advanced rapidly in recent years with some excellent medical facilities, state of the art technology and highly qualified medical staff. Through the private health sector, 91% of medical tourists are choosing health services at private medical facilities versus 9% which are choosing to receive treatment at public hospitals. Through public private partnership, under the Ministry of Health, Turkey has inaugurated the development of health campuses around the country that will house huge integrated facilities including hospitals, medical science universities, high technology centers, R&D centers, commercials areas where medical tourists will benefit, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.


2. Qualified human resources, health infrastructure and technology

Turkey’s development and investments in hospitals and healthcare personnel had led to significant development of its healthcare system. Efforts are being made to increased number of medical schools providing education in English, scholarship opportunities to follow medical developments in other countries and ability to conduct research abroad. Doctors are well qualified with western standards of education and experience. As a result of new legislation, Turkey has improved the quality and quantity of hospitals and made significant progress in medicine through its network of public and private hospitals, which includes education and research hospitals, university hospitals. Due to private sector and state sponsored investment in infrastructure and facilities at hospitals, Turkey’s has developed into prime medical tourism destination offering quality care with state of the art medical equipment.


3. Significant improvement of medical tourism industry and government support

Turkey has realized its medical tourism potential and is revamping efforts to attract and provide quality treatment for international patients. Under the Ministry of Health, a Department of Health Tourism has been established to plan, monitor and standardize the development of medical tourism at the national level. The Health Tourism Unit is responsible for driving the efforts of International Coordination, Health Tourism, Thermal Tourism Spa-Wellness, and Advanced Age and Disability Tourism.


4. High quality healthcare services available at low prices

Medical tourists coming to Turkey from neighboring countries are drawn to Turkey because of the high quality treatment not available in their own countries, while visitors from the US are drawn by the low prices, which can vary anywhere from savings of up to 60 percent or higher, depending on the treatment. European tourists typically come to Turkey for cost savings and to avoid long wait times that are common in European health systems.


5. Wide range of tourism opportunities for medical tourists

Turkey is in the top 10 most visited countries in the world and for good reason. At the crossroads of East and West, Turkey’s landscape is littered with magnificent cultural and historical sites including many UNESCO World Heritage sites including Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Hellenic, and Ottoman historical landmarks. A temperate climate, friendly and hospitable people, make Turkey a fantastic travel destination. It’s also a great beach destination offering stunning coastlines with hidden coves, pristine secluded beaches to help your body unwind and rejuvenate after receiving medical treatment.


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