According to the Ankara Medical Tourism Association (ASTUD), Turkey has established itself well in the medical tourism industry and plans to increase its revenue to $ 20 billion by 2023.
Over the past ten years, the number of medical tourists in the world has increased to ten million, and the turnover has exceeded $ 100 billion a year.
Medical tourism is nothing new. Since antiquity, people have traveled in search of cures for their illnesses. Medical tourism often involves combining recreation and diagnostic or wellness treatments in a single trip.
Turkey offers a wide range of medical services in such areas as: ophthalmology, orthopedics and traumatology, diseases of internal organs, otolaryngology, gynecology, general surgery, oral diseases and maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, dermatovenerology, pediatrics. Popular areas of aesthetic medicine in Turkey: hair transplant, plastic surgery and dentistry.
A wide range of medical services in Turkey is attracting more and more foreigners, including those of retirement age.
Turkey's favorable geographical position, climate and sea attracts tourists from all over the world. The fact that Turkey is located in the middle of three continents with a population of 1.5 billion makes it very attractive for medical tourism as well. After all, the flight time takes no more than 4 hours on average.
6 Main Reasons:
• High quality medical services • Very competitive prices • Individuality and variety of services • Large selection of accredited medical institutions • Efficiency of services provided • Rich cultural heritage
All this plays a very important role in shaping the decision to choose a country for a short-term visit or permanent residence, especially for people of retirement age.
Foreigners choose Turkey primarily because of the value for money. The cost of surgical and conservative treatment in Turkey is much lower than in European countries and the United States. For example, the cost of such a procedure as IVF in the United States is 15-16 thousand dollars, while in Turkey this procedure will cost 2600 dollars; ophthalmic surgeries using laser technology for the treatment of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism cost from 4 to 8 thousand euros in European countries, and about 600 euros in Turkey; the cost of cardiac surgery on an open heart in European countries is on average 25,000 euros, while in Turkey a similar operation will cost about 10,000 dollars.
Foreigners have come to Turkey since ancient times to improve their health. For example, modern historians claim that the well-known Egyptian queen Cleopatra visited the healing and rejuvenating mud near Dalyan.
Nowadays, many world stars of show business become regular visitors to the health resorts of Turkey. These include world-famous musicians David Bowie and Sting, American actor Dustin Hoffman and many others.
Modern Turkish hospitals are on the same level with the Dead Sea health resorts, Costa Rica spa resorts and European wellness resorts. At the same time, many foreigners come to Turkey much faster and cheaper than to other places.
The qualifications of doctors and the equipment of Turkish medical institutions today are in no way inferior to worthy clinics and sanatoriums in Europe. If we talk about natural opportunities, then the properties of local curative mud and thermal waters even surpass many European resorts in terms of healing qualities.
A significant part of Turkish hot springs and peloid areas have been discovered relatively recently. In comparison with the resorts of Europe, they are younger and are used for a rather short time. As a result, they have not yet had time to exhaust all their therapeutic possibilities. This allows them to maintain their own healing properties at an extremely high level to this day.
In order to avoid advertising, we will not list directly the names of the sanatoriums in Turkey. Here are some of the most popular resorts with dozens of health and wellness centers.
A very popular healing resort with healing muds among local residents. There are several very good SPA and wellness centers here, ready to receive not only Turkish citizens, but foreigners.
This is where the wrapping procedures apply. At the same time, the medical staff carefully monitors the patient's health during treatment.
Mud substances of Afyon are of organic origin. They contain many radioactive chemical elements. Treatment of psoriasis in Turkey often takes place at this resort, since such procedures very well strengthen, cleanse and heal the skin.
In addition, after the procedures, the skin rejuvenates. In addition, there is a decrease in pain syndromes.
The medical services sector is well developed in Turkey. The Constitution of the Republic of Turkey states that “everyone has the right to social security,” which allows all Turkish citizens to seek and benefit from medical care. Services provided in public and private hospitals are widely available and affordable.
Thanks to a number of successful measures in recent years, the health care system in the country has significantly modernized, which has allowed Turkey to become one of the leading countries in the world in terms of medical development. With the opening of new medical centers, the number of beds per capita is also growing. As a result of the modernization of medical education, the number of professional personnel specializing in various fields has increased. This has increased Turkey's competence in many new areas such as plastic surgery, eye and heart surgery.
Turkey provides a wide range of medical services in the main areas: ophthalmology, orthopedics, traumatology, diseases of internal organs, otorhinolaryngology, gynecology, general surgery, dental and oral diseases, neurosurgery, skin and venereal diseases (dermatology) and pediatrics. In recent years, Turkey has made significant progress in the field of organ transplantation, in the treatment of eye diseases, in dentistry, in plastic surgery and in hair transplantation. The variety and quality of services provided creates good preconditions for the development of medical tourism, and also attracts an increasing number of foreign retirees.
Turkey occupies a key position in the world in the field of medicine due to the following factors: a high level of services provided, a moderate favorable climate and an advantageous geographical location in the middle of three continents, where 1.5 billion people live, who can fly to Turkey on average in just 4 hours. The main prerequisite for the fact that Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of the health care system is the level of training of specialists and highly qualified experienced personnel. Being a doctor in Turkey is honorable and prestigious, therefore smart and successful school graduates most often choose medical universities for admission.
On the other hand, due to the density and characteristics of the Turkish population, the number and variety of cases that doctors face in their practice is quite large compared to many developed countries. This allows physicians to gain valuable experience and learn from practice. Thus, the current situation has a good effect on the level of training of medical personnel in Turkey.
In short, Turkey stands out in the health sector and is more profitable than other countries for the following reasons:
• World-class medical services • Powerful technical equipment and a large number of beds • Number of accredited medical institutions and organizations • Number of specialist doctors in various fields • Advanced treatment methods using modern equipment • Competitive prices • Individual approach to the treatment of patients • Service staff who speak foreign languages • Efficiency of services provided • Use of alternative methods of treatment in addition to traditional ones
All these features attract tourists who come to Turkey for health purposes, or those who want to lead a healthy lifestyle after retirement and enjoy quality medical care.
Today Turkey attracts tourists from all over the world not only with its first-class resorts. In recent years, the medical tourism industry has been actively developing here, inviting patients to clinics equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, it is in this country that the infrastructure is well developed, and doctors are distinguished by special professionalism in the treatment of complex diseases.
The Turkish government is closely monitoring the development of the health care system. Thanks to this, medical care in local hospitals meets international standards, this applies to both private and public medical institutions. In recent years, several independent organizations controlled by state authorities have been operating in this country. The task of such organizations is to monitor compliance with generally recognized treatment protocols used in international medical practice.
The Turkish Doctors Association, together with representatives of the Ministry of Health, develops and implements the rules for the provision of medical care, which are binding on all hospitals and hospitals in the country. These rules must be followed by both doctors and nurses. Today, there are more than 1,200 hospitals in Turkey, half of which are state-owned. The other half of the hospitals are controlled by foreign investors, private companies or large research universities.
All medical institutions in the country work closely with well-known medical societies, have international quality certificates. All hospitals have staff who speak both English and Russian.
Undoubtedly, patients choosing a clinic for treatment abroad tend to choose a country with a pleasant climate, rich history and culture, and a good location. Turkey has all these positive qualities. There are thermal springs, a huge number of historical monuments, as well as a warm and clean sea. Russians, British, Germans, Belarusians, Austrians and Bulgarians come here for treatment.
Treatment in Turkish hospitals has several advantages:
Any high-quality and effective treatment should begin with a timely and accurate diagnosis. Today, new methods for studying the human body are constantly being invented in the world, without which an accurate diagnosis cannot be made. Turkey is no exception in the development of modern diagnostics.
Tourism has always been well developed in Turkey. This country is rich in world-class hotels, luxury residences and incomparable tourist attractions. However, more and more patients from all over the world prefer the ultra-modern Turkish clinics, which successfully treat various diseases.
When it comes to quality, the facts speak for themselves. Turkey has the largest number of accredited medical organizations JCI (Joint Commission International) compared to any other European state. The Turkish government is actively involved in promoting medical tourism. Istanbul is home to many modern hospitals and other medical facilities. Health care costs in industrialized countries are rising too fast.
Compared to Europe and America, treatment prices in Turkey are about 65% lower. In addition, there are practically no waiting lines for patients in Turkey. Anyone who wants to receive treatment as soon as possible.
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All these advantages make Turkish medicine attractive not only for residents of the USA and Europe, but also for citizens of the CIS countries. It is for this reason that more than 30 thousand foreign patients visit Turkish clinics every year.
You need to start your trip, first of all, with planning. All methods of obtaining information about a particular clinic should be examined. If, for example, you have undergone cancer treatment in Moscow and want to get a second opinion from a doctor from Turkey, then you should look for an oncological center. People who want to get the services of a dentist need to go to Turkish dental clinics, etc.
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