July 4, 2019

Turkish Medical Tourism- A Growing Global Hub

Turkish medical tourism has become advanced in several years. According to the head of the Istanbul International Health Tourism Association (ISTUSAD), about 700,000 people have visited the country in 2018. Turkey has gained a reputation as a medical tourism destination. In fact, with health tourists visiting from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Syria.

Health Transformation Program

Since, the health care sector is largely dependent on the country’s strengthening hospital sector. Thus, the Turkish government has made a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) model to elevate the country’s health care infrastructure.

Turkey has been ranked 3rd in medical tourism by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ). This significant improvement is due to the services of the Health Transformation Program (HTP) between 2003 and 2013. This program helps to achieve the crucial performance goals of a health care system. Such as upgrading the health status, financial risk protection and satisfaction with health care.

Upcoming Intergrated Healthcare Campuses

Under the Health Transformation Program, the Turkish government also shaped a family medicine system and integrated all public hospitals. The Ankara Bilkent Integrated Healthcare Campus has been signed under this program. The Turkish Ministry of Health backed up this program under a PPP model, and the DiA Holding.

Medical Specialization in Turkey

Moreover, patients from US, Australia, and many other European countries are now coming to Turkey for affordable surgeries. Turkey doctors have the medical specialization from top-notch private hospitals around the world. Not only do these hospitals have impressive credentials, but they also have partnerships with topmost American hospitals such as Harvard Medical Center and Johns Hopkins.

Nevertheless, many highly skilled specialists run the hospitals. Above all, they are fluent in English language, and are western well-trained doctors. Also, many hospitals offer 5-star accommodations for patients and their families.

International accreditation

 In addition to national quality control, numerous health facilities also have a certification of approval from international organizations. Such as the Joint Commission International (JCI) and ISO 9001 certification. The JCI accreditation has been awarded to more than 10 Turkish hospitals, while more are in the line.

Rapid and Efficient Response

Likewise, Turkish health care system has a rapid and efficient response program. In Turkey, all patients have a waiting time of maximum two weeks excluding transplantation. This process extents to 18 months in other western countries.

According to the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council, Turkey provided healthcare for 765,000 patients from 144 different countries.

Vision 2023 plan:

The aim of Turkey’s health care system is to increase the number of health tourists visiting Turkey to two million, under the Vision 2023 plan. Turkey’s Initially, Vision 2023 plan has set $10 billion for the thermal health program alone.

Thermal Resources and The Abundance of Thermal Springs in Turkey

Turkey is one of the 7 countries in the world with thermal energy resources. Anatolia, alone has almost 1300 thermal springs. The spas in turkey provide multiple treatments such as waterobics, respiratory therapy, blood pressure adjustment therapy, acupuncture, medical sauna, colon hydrotherapy. Also, various massages, walks in forests and/or by sea, ozone therapy and rhythm therapy to its visitors at these thermal spring facilities.

Turkish baths (Hamams)

Furthermore, the Turkish bath also plays a important role as an social institution. Since ancient times, it has been a prominent site for socialization and seclusion of Ottoman men and women. In the 17th century, Evliya Çelebi verified that there were 151 hamams in Istanbul alone.

A perfect remedy for stress can be found in a hamam. It provokes a soothing and all-round relaxing effect on both body and mind.

Soon, Turkish medical tourism will continue to rise as a global hub for medical tourism. Turkey’s hospitality to foreign patients and their families makes people look forward to its development in health tourism.