Health Services for Foreigners: Turkey’s Medical Tourism Industry

Created : 24 Feb 2022
Health care in Turkey

By Justin Mays:

The quality and accessibility of Turkish healthcare is high and attract tourists from all over the world. It is considered one of the top ten destinations worldwide for medical tourism. As a global hub in 2019, 662.087 patients coming from abroad received health services with revenue for medical services reaching millions of dollars. The pandemic slowed down travel, but the medical industry is quickly bouncing back with goals to serve 2 million patients from all over the world for $20 billion in revenue in 2023.

Foreigners feel very comfortable coming to Turkey and secondly, hospitality services have sprung up around medical services. You can hire medical consultants to inform you of the process, receive quotes from multiple hospitals and help with accommodation for your recovery period. Many top hospitals have in-house hosts speaking multiple languages to ease any communication problems and VIP hosts to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible.

The most famous in the health sector among medical tourists are cosmetic surgery, dentistry, fertility, general surgery, gynecology, infectious diseases, internal diseases, medical biochemistry, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otorhinolaryngology, and traumatology. Turkey ranks as one of the best destinations because of its modern medical technology, professional expert doctors, speed of services, and competitive prices. The world-class facilities and services you can expect in Turkey can cost approximately 70-90% more in places like the USA and Europe.

The average wait time for a consultation and plan is within two weeks compared to places like the UK where it can take over a year. The high standards are in part because of the government’s use of the Private Public Partnership approach (including university, international and private company affiliations) to hospitals in Turkey whereas 55% of Turkey’s 1500+ hospitals are owned by the Turkish Ministry of Health. The rest are with the majority of foreign graduated doctors from top-notch institutions abroad and local. Over 50 hospitals have the prestigious Joint Commissions International (JCI) international accreditations, while others have the Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations Accreditation (JACHO), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and other international medical associations.

According to the Medical Tourism Association, about 14 million people in the world travel to other countries in search of medical care annually. As a world leader in medical tourism, you can be assured of getting quality medical care in Turkey.  There is a reason why Turkey has become a top destination for medical tourism and owning property here will allow you easy access to some of the most modern cost-effective healthcare worldwide.