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Medical Tourism in Turkey

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Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world for medical tourism. Being located at the junction where the East meets West, Turkey is on its way into becoming a melting pot health destination. Its geographical location and ideal weather conditions, coupled with its rich culture and tradition, ensure a more meaningful health vacation.


MEDICAL TOURISM IN TURKEY

Turkey has been one of the top destinations for medical tourism, especially for nationals coming from Europe and the Middle East. Being neatly nestled between two continents (Western Asia and Southeastern Europe), Turkey is an easy target for travelers with medical needs. Medical tourism in Turkey is distributed in various locations: Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Adana, Kocaeli, among others. This makes Turkey a suitable destination for medical attention as you are able to choose from a variety of settings to match your health needs.

Medical tourists mostly come from developed countries from areas like North America and Europe. They seek much-needed (or desired) medical treatments for a cheaper cost compared to that of their home country. Medical tourism, especially in Turkey, is no longer limited to elective aesthetic surgeries. In more recent years, it has blatantly expanded to more intricate procedures in areas such as ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, and internal medicine.

How much does medical tourism in Turkey cost?

People engage in medical tourism in order to acquire high-quality health at a low cost. Oftentimes, the procedures in their home country would be so high, that individuals without medical insurance would be hard-pressed to get those services. Thus, a better option would be to go to another country to save as much as 50-70% on their health needs, plus be able to go on a recuperating vacation in an exotic destination.

Among the most common procedures done in Turkey are as follows:

 

Type of Procedure

Cost in the US

Cost in the UK

Cost in Turkey

Breast Augmentation

$7,500 - $8,500

£3,800 - £5,300

$3,700 - $4,800

(£2,200 - £2,800)

Rhinoplasty

$5,500 - $6,500

£3,000 - £7,100

$3,000 - $4,000

(£1,800 - £2,400)

Liposuction

$13,000 - $14,000

£2,800 - £6,200

$2,000 - $3,000

(£1,200 - £ 1,800)

Hair Transplant (FUE)

$7,000 - $25,000

£6,000 - £30,000

$2,500 - $5,000

(£1,500 - £3,000)

Coronary Angioplasty

$12,000 - $50,000

£8,800 - £14,200

$5,000 - $6,000

(£4,100 - £3,600)

Bone Marrow Transplant

$80,000 - $300,000

£32,000 - £250,000

$40,000 - $70,000

(£23,600 - £41,300)

Disk Fusion

$90,000 - $169,000

£10,000 - £34,000

$7,200 - $15,000

(£4,200 - £8,900)

Heart Bypass

$70,000 - $133,000

£9,000 - £20,000

$11,400 - $15,000

(£6,700 - £8,900)

Heart Valve Replacement

$75,000 - $140,000

£15,000 - £25,000

$17,000 - $24,000

(£10,000 - £14,000)

Hip Replacement

$33,000 - $57,000

£7,600 - £15,000

$11,000 - $15,000

(£6,500 - £8,900)

Knee Replacement

$30,000 - $53,000

£9,700 - £14,300

$12,000 - $14,000

(£7,000 - £8,300)

 

Sources:

http://www.medicaltourism.com.ph/cost-treatment-comparison

http://www.transforminglives.co.uk/prices/surgical-prices

http://www.turkeyhealthguide.com/treatment_prices.asp

 

 

Where in Turkey do I go for medical treatment?

Hospitals and health care facilities, whether public or private, are distributed among different locations within the country of Turkey. Most accredited facilities, however, can be found in the highly progressive and strategically-located Istanbul. Other hospitals and clinics are located in the country’s capital, Ankara, and other locales like Bursa, Izmir, Adana, Kocaeli, Antalya, Samsun, etc. If planning on a medical vacation to Turkey, your destination will be largely dependent of the type of treatment you need.

 

Why should I go to Turkey for medical treatment?

Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world for medical tourism. Being located at the junction where the East meets West, Turkey is on its way into becoming a melting pot health destination. Its geographical location and ideal weather conditions, coupled with its rich culture and tradition, ensure a more meaningful health vacation.

It has vastly improved its health care services, not only in terms of physical infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, but also in the qualifications in the health care professionals that they employ. The educational and experiential aptitude of the doctors and other health service providers are at par with Western standards.

The health care facilities in Turkey that are regulated by their Ministry of Health number to more than a thousand, and most of these have both domestic and international certifications. In order to ensure standard quality service, these medical institutions have affiliated to organization like the Joint Commissions International (JCI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO). A number of their hospitals also have medical support from and partnerships with premiere American hospitals such as John Hopkins and Harvard.

 

What can I expect from a health vacation in Turkey?

Turkey has been considered the cradle of civilization and culture, connecting two continents. It is considered as an Eurasian country as 3% of its land mass is located in Europe and the remaining 97% is part of Asia. Its coastline is bordered by four seas: the Aegean, the Marmara, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. It is also surrounded by eight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

Getting there.Flying into Turkey takes only a few hours from certain points in Europe. Most North American visitors get into the country via the European route, as there are only a couple of airlines flying directly into Turkey from the US. A train can also be taken from London into Istanbul, for those who prefer to take a land trip into the country.

Visa Requirements.Entry into Turkey for medical tourism requires a tourist visa (duration depends on the nationality of the passport holder) which can be purchased online (e-visa) a week prior to the trip. All travelers entering Turkey, in spite of their nationality, are required to present a passport that shows six-month validity.

Language.The country’s official language is Turkish, yet some Kurdish dialects are also spoken by a fraction of the population. With the influx of tourismtourists, English and other European languages such as German and French are increasing in popularity, making communication with the locals easier.

Accommodation.Depending on your budget and needs, Turkey offers a wide variety of board and lodging accommodations to its visitors. For a person in need of a medical vacation, you can easily choose from inexpensive hostels and lodges to posh and luxurious hotels and resorts.

Climate.Turkey is as diverse in weather as it is in culture. Its climate can be described in three different ways according to your specific location in the country: oceanic, continental and Mediterranean. In the northern regions of Turkey, the climate is oceanic. For the southern regions, temperate Mediterranean weather is felt. And the inland regions have a continental climate, which makes it possible for you to experience four varied seasons in a single day.

Cuisine.Turkish food is a rich mix of various influences such as Asian, Arabic and Mediterranean. The cuisine advocates the use of meat (especially beef) and a great variety of vegetables and spices. Included in their list of staples are bread, rice and bulgur wheat.

Tourist Destinations.You can visit a lot of places in Turkey depending on your interests and needs. Aside from just simply getting medical treatment, you can also recuperate while enjoying the sights and sounds that Turkey has to offer. You can enjoy the rich heritage and culture in Istanbul, visit the beautiful beaches of Antalya, experience the history of Ankara, or shop the bazaars and markets of Bursa.

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