Aside from being a historical, cultural, and natural destination, Turkey is leading as one of the leading choices for Medical Tourism as well. Investments from the private sector have led to a boom in the healthcare industry, this has created top-quality yet affordable medical services and excellent treatments for not just the local but foreign patients as well.
Today, Turkey ranks 3rd in Medical Tourism by International Medical Travel Journal(IMTJ) and has the highest number of U.S accredited hospitals. It is among the key destinations according to the international authorities for several medical procedures which are at the same level of quality as some developed countries like the United States, Britain, and Canada.
The country has seen an influx of medical tourists in the past 10 years, from some thousand visitors in 2007 to millions now. Not just this but Medical tourism contributes about 4 billion dollars to Turkey’s economy annually. Few reasons for the nation’s healthcare success are listed below.
Highest Accredited Hospitals
Many governments of different countries have started to pay more attention to their medical tourism and Turkey is one of these countries that is aiding healthcare through governmental incentives and finances. Through the reforms carried out under the country’s European Union membership, they have made significant transformations and remarkable advancements in building medical institutions.
Private Hospitals, too, have notably invested in the country’s medical facilities and now constitute a vital part of them. They have joined forces with the Turkish Government’s PPP(Public-Private Partnership) model and have proved themselves with their superior quality of care and treatments. Due to their high-quality services and medical experts, Turkey has the most American accredited hospitals and the highest number of International Joint Commission(JCI) Hospitals.
Istanbul Airport plays a major role in Turkey’s healthcare tourism as it is one of the world’s largest airports. Not just this but the whole of Turkish Airlines is considered to be the best in Europe and comes in the top ten airlines worldwide. They have operated and are conjoined with many healthcare institutions since 2009. This shows how transportation has become the backbone and a leading factor for Turkey’s medical tourism.
The geographical location also provides the country with an upper hand over others as it has been forever known as the gateway between the East and West, which makes it easily accessible. Istanbul Airport’s recent expansion has also made it possible for tourists to reach Turkey within a short 4 hour time. It will also accommodate 200 million passengers each year with around 300 direct flights.
Wide Range of Treatments and Specializations
While most countries are popular for some of their specialized treatments, Turkey, in contrast, offers a wide range of high-quality treatments across the healthcare sector. People from all over the world, travel here for different kinds of treatments such as organ and bone-marrow transplants, cancer treatments, low-cost IVF, cardiology, cardiac surgery, dental and eye treatments.
Although a huge range of treatments are available, Turkey is relatively cheaper for surgeries. Patients can get surgeries up to 90% cheaper than the United States and 67% of medical tourists who travel to Turkey come here for this treatment. Cosmetic surgeries are the cheapest here in comparison to other countries in Europe, which is up to 70%.
Potential to be the biggest Medical Tourism Hub
Owing to its large number of accredited institutions, finest doctors, top-notch facilities, advanced technological services, geographical superiority, and cultural destination, Turkey has the potential to be the biggest Medical Tourism hub in the world. With the collaborative efforts of the Government and Private Sector, it is already providing world-class services as a leading country in the medical tourism sector.
However, the desired results can only be achieved through a continuation and sustainable management from both the public and private sectors.