Turkey is now considered as one of the top 10 medical tourism destinations in the world because of its easily accessible location, high quality medical care and affordable prices. In the past, Turkey had a fragmented health system. Starting in 2003, Turkey launched an ambitious program called the Health Transformation Program (HTP) designed to transform its healthcare landscape and has done so with some impressive results. Improved emergency response times, improved coverage of vulnerable populations, improved patient satisfaction has led to better health outcomes including life expectancy, improved maternal and child mortality rates and a lessening of communicable diseases.
The government of Turkey has worked towards providing universal health coverage, including major changes in organization, governance and financing of the health system, including management of resources and delivery of services. Turkey’s healthcare system is comprised of public hospitals including state hospitals, education and research hospitals, university hospitals and private hospitals. With 90 percent coverage achieved, the World Bank has called Turkey’s health reform as “one of the big success stories of health reform internationally”.
Hospitals and Doctors Standards in Turkey
In Turkey, the Ministry of Health not only guides the health system, but is also responsible for directly managing the health care providers. Turkey has made great strides in bringing the quality of its medical institutions to international standards with 48 JCI accredited facilities (as of November 2013) throughout the country. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city leads with the greatest number of JCI medical facilities, but other important cities for medical services include Ankara, Adana, Izmir, and Kayseri. The private sector takes the leading role of providing healthcare services to international patients, but with the development of new medical campuses, the public health sector will have a greater mission in providing medical services to international visitors. Turkish doctors follow closely the latest developments in research from the US and Europe and are on par with western educated doctors found in the US and Europe.
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