Health Tourism in Turkey

Turkey is well-established in the health tourism industry and on target for a twenty billion dollar share in the world health tourism market by 2023 according to Ankara Health Tourism Association (ASTUD).

In the last ten years, the number of medical tourists in the world exceeded ten million, with a turnover of over $ 100 billion annually.

Health tourism isn’t new. Since ancient Greek times, patients have travelled to seek treatment for their illnesses. Health tourism differs from local treatment in that it involves travel to a different city or country from one’s place of residence for treatment.

What Kind of Health Services Does Turkey Offer?

Turkey offers a variety of medical treatment services: eye diseases, orthopedics and traumatology, internal medicine, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, general surgery, oral and maxillofacial diseases, drains and nerve surgery, skin and venereal diseases, child health and disease. The leading aesthetic procedures in Turkey: hair transplants, plastic surgery and dental.

The diversity of Turkey’s health service continues to create a point of attraction for foreigners and international retirees.

Most Popular Cities for Health Tourism in Turkey

The highest number of health tourists are in İstanbul and Antalya. It is among the top ten cities visited in Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Muğla and Aydın.

In recent years, there have been significant increases in the number of tourists visiting İstanbul, Antalya and Ankara for hair transplantation and laser treatment. The number of treatments in İstanbul and Antalya is higher in the areas of eye, dental and aesthetic surgery. There are even treatment possibilities for hair transplantation that have been reduced to 24 hours due to geographical proximity.

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