Medical Tourism, a Success Story in Turkey…!
Medical tourism as the process of traveling from one country to another for the purpose of receiving medical care and treatment that is not available in homeland. It has increased recently and captured the attention of policy-makers, researchers, and even the media. According to some accurate reports, it becomes a strategic tool and a great contributor to economic growth and flow of foreign currencies. In a short time, Turkey has become one of the top countries for medical tourism and a competitive destination worldwide. So, what’re the main factors that stand behind this success story in Turkey? To what extent, medical tourism can be considered as a winning card of Turkish 2023 economic vision?
1- The main factors of medical tourism as a success story:
There are many factors that make medical tourism one of the most growing sectors in turkey. Firstly, Turkey is easily accessed by all airlines coming from Europe. For example, a total of more than 300 flights come from various countries daily. Secondly, some hospitals are affiliated with top western hospitals and medical universities. Besides, they are well-equipped with the latest medical technologies and have board-certified staff, with over 35% of physicians trained in the Western countries.
Thirdly, years ago, Turkey has been known for its excellent spa resorts, amazing natural destinations, beaches, historical monuments, and a gateway between the East and the West. Recently, hospitals and healthcare facilities in Turkey offer a variety of procedures and services for medical travellers. Fourthly, competitive prices health care in Turkey is very competitive compared to western countries like the UK, France, and USA. The same quality but different prices, with a 20-75% lower cost for some medical treatments.
The last factor could be considered as one of the most important reasons of medical tourism success story in Turkey. The following chart shows cost comparisons of medical procedures in UK and Turkey, according to a study published on www.treatmentabroad.net website.
|Medical Procedures||In UK||In Turkey||Average savings|
|Hip Replacement||13,500 – 14,500 $||6,500 – 7,500 $||45-50 %|
|7,000 – 8,000 $||5,500 – 6,500 $||15-20 %|
|Knee Replacement||16,000 – 17,000 $||7,000 – 8,000 $||50- 60 %|
|Face lift (Rhytidectomy)||11,000 – 12,000 $||3,000 – 4,000 $||65-75 %|
|7,000 – 8,000 $||3,000 – 4,000 $||50-60 %|
|Breast Reduction||8,000 – 9,000 $||3,500 – 4,500 $||50-60 %|
|Liposuction||5,000 – 6,000 $||2,000 – 3,000 $||55-65 %|
|Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)||5,500 – 6,500 $||3,000 – 4,000 $||40-45%|
|8,000 – 9,000 $||3,000 – 4,000 $||55-60 %|
|LASIK Eye Surgery||1,500 – 2,500 $||1,000 – 1,500 $||20-25 %|
|Dental Implants||3,000 – 4,000 $||900 – 1,500 $||70-75 %|
2- Medical tourism and 2023 vision:
It’s crystal clear that all success stories start with a vision, and successful visions are based on sound knowledge of factors that determine the main elements or ingredients of a successful vision. Turkey tends also to make her own success story through diversifying and strengthening its economy, in order to take place among the top 10 economies in the world. It has set a bunch of goals to be met by 2023, such as developing public services sectors, especially; health, education, and tourism.in this case, medical tourism is considered as one of the main economic pillars of 2023 vision. That’s why; it is supported by the Ministry of Economy within a framework of specific objectives and a solid work plan. Turkey is expecting to receive 2 million visitors in medical tourism sector by 2023. Many accurate studies and official reports show that medical tourism-treatment and hospitalization – has largely spread in recently in a remarkable manner and has become a competitive market for many leading countries in the region.
According to a report by TÜROFED, union of Hotels in Turkey, it is expected to receive about two million visitors for medical tourism by 2023, which will generate revenue of nearly $ 20 billion. This target is supported by planning to establish 22 medical cities by international standards by 2023.
Generally speaking, the main objective of medical tourism sector is to strengthen Turkey’s position to become the world’s first destination for medical tourism and healthcare by 2023. In this context, Council of medical tourism development and Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been involved in several awareness activities and exhibitions in several places either in Turkey, Europe, Asia, or even in Africa.