Medical Tourism in Turkey
Turkey is one of the popular medical tourism destination in the world. Turkey is strategically placed at the meeting point between Europe and Asia. It is surrounded by eight countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
Turkey has always been known for its scenic beauty and cultural history. But since more than 10 years now, it has also been gaining prominence as a medical tourism destination. It is a democratic country and has a stable economy. Istanbul and Ankara – important cities in Turkey – have relatively low rates of crime, but visitors must be careful if they are driving or when crossing the road on foot.
Traditionally, Turkey has been receiving health tourists from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo and Syria. But people from US, Australia, and many other countries, too, are now coming to Turkey for affordable elective surgery. Turkey is well-connected to important cities across the world like London, Chicago, New York, and the like.
Treatment Costs in Turkey
Low cost treatments like IVF, CyberKnife for cancer treatment, cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more are available in Turkey, with no wait times involved. The difference in cost between medical treatment in the UK and that in Turkey is between 40-50%. Turkey doctors are highly qualified and the private hospitals are top-notch.
More than 60 first-class hospitals have been accredited by the JCI while more are in the line. Medical tourism in Turkey is popular because of quality that matches European hospitals and the incredibly low cost of medical treatment.
Turkey is slowly emerging as a new medical tourism destination. Hospitals in Turkey offers low cost but world class medical care services. Quality of health care and medical standards is closely monitored by Turkish ministry of health and other private health care associations. One such association is TAHA (Turkish Accredited Hospitals Association) which looks after the quality standards among its JCI accredited members.
Most of the hospitals in Turkey are accredited by national and international organizations like JCI, ISO, TAHA, TMA (Turkish Medical Association) etc. Some hospitals are also affiliated with international health care providers like John Hopkins and Harvard Medical School