Turkey – Medical Tourism – The New Guy on the Block

Medical tourism in Turkey has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, competing with other, more well-known medical tourism destinations at the close of the first decade of the new century. Global healthcare travel continues to reach all time highs, with the medical tourism industry expected to exceed one billion dollars within the next two years, according to the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Recently, the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a conference in Chicago, illustrating some of the most common treatments offered to European and American travelers, including but not limited to:

• Cosmetic surgical procedures (liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation or reduction)
• Orthopedic care (joint, and knee or hip replacements)
• Fertilization technologies
• Dental and orthodontic care
• Vision care
• Oncology
• Organ transplant

Why Travel to Turkey?

Turkey, due to its central location, provides easy access to travelers from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Major cities in Turkey, including Izmir, Ankara, Antalya and Istanbul have long provided a bridge between cultures and continents.

Many of turkey’s medical facilities are JCI accredited and are affiliated with top notch U.S. providers including the John Hopkins Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. Physicians and facilities in Turkey are also equipped with up-to-date hardware and technology. Staff in many of these facilities is board certified and U.S. trained, offering the best in quality care.

The vast majority of Turkish Hospital facilities are certified by ISO 2001 Quality Management certification, and over 30 are JCI accredited, with more undergoing the process of accreditation by the Joint Commission International accreditation system.

Turkish physicians and surgeons offer high class care and expertise to natives and international travelers. The majority of Turkish physicians and surgeons are trained in Europe or the United States, and offer experience and knowledge in new technologies and techniques.

In addition, medical costs for procedures and surgeries in Turkey offer international medical travelers huge savings that generally amount to as much as 50{f19aa3268e0de58f68955454d58a1a58d35e804fdb04b2f57dd6dc7aad4ec259} to 75{f19aa3268e0de58f68955454d58a1a58d35e804fdb04b2f57dd6dc7aad4ec259} on costs for the same surgeries and procedures in the U.S.

Traveling to Turkey for Medical Care

Turkey offers viable opportunities and solutions to the growing concern regarding health care services in the United States, Britain, Canada, and abroad. Conjoined efforts between the Turkish Accredited Hospitals Association, the Turkish Ministry of Health, and the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture are dedicated to providing information and resources regarding their JCI-accredited members and facilities which include but are not limited to:

• Multi Specialty Hospitals such as Florence Nightingale Hospital Group and Acibadem Healthcare Group (affiliated with Harvard Medical International)
• Specialty Clinics such as Jinemed Hospital, Izmir Dental, Tour Medical.

Patient safety, preoperative and postoperative care as well as discharge and follow-up care are the prime focus of Turkish medical providers in a variety of medical fields ranging from cosmetic surgeries to organ transplant.

New Competition for Affordable Health Care

Turkey is the new kid on the block when it comes to providing new healthcare partners in an increasingly popular and effective medical destination, one that offers the ambiance of old world charm and history with the best in high-tech and state-of-the-art equipment and technology offered by 21st century medicine.

Turkey offers world travelers a unique blend of multiple cultures, depending which area of the country is visited, a unique country spanning two continents and bordering a handful of countries, offering effective and convenient care not only for their neighbors, but travelers from around the globe seeking excellent, experienced and affordable medical care in a wide range of medical fields and technologies.