Familiarity with the Turkish healthcare industry and its position in the field of health tourism in the world
In 2019, the golden year of the country’s tourism industry, Turkey received about 52 million foreign tourists, making it the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world.
Health care is one of the most important reasons for foreign tourists to travel to Turkey, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2019, about 700,000 tourists traveled to this country to seek medical services. That year, Turkey was introduced as the seventh most popular tourist destination in the world, and in 2018, it was presented as the third most reliable destination for health tourism in the world, higher than Germany. In 2008, Turkey hosted 75,000 health tourists and the number has increased tenfold in ten years.
Currently, there are more than 1,500 active hospitals in Turkey, of which 571 are private hospitals. There are also 165,000 doctors and about 199,000 nurses working in Turkish hospitals and medical centers. Turkey is among the eight countries with the most hospitals, along with Japan, the United States, Mexico, South Korea, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
It is interesting to know that most eye surgeries in the world are performed in Turkey. The optimal quality of services and the reasonable and competitive prices have made Turkey one of the centers of eye surgery in the world. In addition to eye surgery, Turkey is one of the leading countries in hair transplantation, plastic and cosmetic surgery, and dentistry.
Currently, there are 46 JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited hospitals in Turkey. This makes Turkey one of the 3 countries in the world with the highest number of JCI accreditations.
Some of the most important factors that have led to the growth of health tourism in Turkey are:
Turkey’s strategic location and an efficient airline that flies to more than 200 locations around the world
High-quality medical services at reasonable prices, which in some cases are up to 90% cheaper than in Western countries
25% discount on airlines for those who obtain a tourist visa
Discounts on other expenses, including accommodation in special Turkish hotel hospitals
Free translation services in hospitals for health tourists
The most important services for health tourists in Turkey:
The wide range of health services in Turkey has attracted health tourists from 130 countries. Most health tourists in Turkey come from Germany, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Libya, Bosnia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Good health care in Turkey has convinced many elderly people to migrate to the country from the West and the East. These people choose Turkey for their retirement because of the quality and low cost of medical services!
Eye surgery As mentioned above, Turkey has the most eye surgeries in the world which is one of the most difficult surgeries. which is one of the most difficult surgeries. Turkey has become one of the poles of eye surgery in the world because it has the best eye surgeons and provides good service.
Heart surgery and liver transplantation In the field of heart surgery, Turkey is one of the top 5 countries in the world and people from countries like England and Russia travel to Turkey for heart surgery.
Cosmetic and plastic surgery In the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, Turkey offers not only excellent quality but also reasonable prices, so items are between 30 and 70% cheaper than in European countries and the United States. A wide range of cosmetic surgeries are performed in Turkey including: Rhinoplasty, skin rejuvenation, breast augmentation and reduction, hair transplantation and skin wrinkle removal, abdominoplasty and side lift, cosmetic hip surgery.
Dentistry Oral and dental care is also one of the most popular health tourism services in Turkey. including dental veneers, dental implants, All-on-4 implants, Hollywood Smile cosmetic surgery, and dental composites
Global health care standards in Turkey
The International Joint Commission (JCI) was established in 1999 to validate health and is known as the gold standard of the health world. So far, it has certified 46 hospitals and medical centers in Turkey. This certification ensures that patients receive the safest and best service. Turkey is among the three countries with the highest JCI accreditation in the world.
Some of JCI Certified hispitals:
Istanbul American Hospital
Anit Atshahir Hospital
Anadolu Medical Center (Anatolian Health Center)
Gov. Ankara Hospital
Chokurova University School of Medicine, Central Laboratory
Hacettepe University Hospitals
Kadikoy Hospital, Florence Nightingale
Mega Multiple Hospital Complex
Kolan Shishli International Hospital
Izmir Park Medical Hospital
Istanbul Medicaan International Hospital
Antalya Memorial Hospital
World Eye Hospital
Istanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Hospital Gaziosmanpasa University
For information on medical centers in various cities in Turkey, you can visit the official website of the Turkish Ministry of Health at https://saglik.gov.tr and get information on public health centers and private hospitals in Turkey.
Turkish equivalent for pharmacy: Eczane
Turkish equivalent for hospital: Hastane
Turkish equivalent for clinic: Klinik
Turkish equivalent for insurance: Sigorta
Turkish ambulance number: 112
Turkish medical consultation number: 113
Government Hospital Scheduling Site: mhrs.gov.tr
Also, if you want to get acquainted with insurance and the cost of medical services in Turkey, you can read the relevant article through the following link.