Medical Tourism in Turkey: High-Level Health Care in the Gateway to the East
Stunning gateway to the East, perched in the heart of Europe and the Middle East, tantalizing Turkey delivers with its captivating fusion of old and new, historical and cosmopolitan, friendly faces, amazing food, and a romantic and colorful culture.
Why choose Turkey for travel and treatment?
From the breathtaking Blue Mosque of Istanbul and the romantic Bosphorus River to the allure of the shimmering Aegean coast and the enchanting fairy chimneys of Cappadoccia, Turkey epitomizes East meets West. Friendly people, fine food and dramatic landscapes abound while you join in Turkey’s fusion of Kurdish, Arabic, European and Persian cultures, indulge in the finest Ottoman cuisine, witness city scapes of stunning ancient temples and mosques. Kick back on a traditional blue cruise along the Lycian coast, soak up the dazzling Roman ruins of Olympos and Ephesus, hot air balloon over Goreme and swim in the crystal teal calcium travertine baths of Pamukkale. With routine direct long haul services and regular flights from locations throughout Europe, Turkey’s convenient proximity (just four hours from London) draws thousands of visitors the EU, USA and beyond seeking high quality health care for affordable prices. Add to the inviting mix a full range of high-quality surgeons, specialists, procedures and facilities, and travelers need look no further than this ancient land.
Medical Facilities in Turkey
Turkey boasts an exemplary international standard of health care and medical practice, with over 30 different hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International, the highest number of JCI accreditations for any country. A number of medical facilities share partnership status with prominent hospitals in the USA, including the Harvard Medical Centre. Accredited international specialists cover a range of specialized medical procedures that include plastic and cosmetic surgery, general and cosmetic dentistry, eye surgery, stem cell procedures, physiotherapy and renal dialysis.
Turkey's Hospitals and International Standards of Care
In preparation for membership to the European Union by 2014, Turkey’s healthcare system has undergone a meticulous overhaul, with implementations of a high-grade European medical standard overseen by Turkey’s Ministry of Health. With board-certified staff and cutting-edge medical technologies, Turkish hospitals sit on par with medical systems in other developed countries around the world. As a result, over 200,000 medical tourists flocked to Turkey from Europe and the Middle East in 2008, a figure that is growing at around 40% each year. Depending on the surgery or procedure, patients seeking medical treatment in Turkey can expect to save from 45% and 65% on medical costs compared to the costs of the procedures in countries such as Germany, the UK and the US.
Convalescence in Turkey
Post-procedure, a range of therapies, spa options and recuperation measures are available. Turkey is also well known for its soothing, therapeutic hammams, or hot steam bath facilities. There are a bevy of resorts and accommodation retreats scattered along the beaches and romantic scenery of the Western coast. Bodrum, Fethiye, and Kas are some of the more popular tourism destinations.
Turkey Travel Information
A visa upon arrival can be purchased at entry points to Turkey, which last for a period of 90 or 30 days dependant on your home country. Apply for longer stay visas at your consulate. Currency: Turkish Lira. Electricity voltage: 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles. Western travelers will find Turkey’s exchange rate attractive and will stay comfortably on as low as $30 to $45 per day. Prices for food and accommodation are generally more expensive in large cities such as Istanbul and Ankara, as well as at popular coastal areas in Western Turkey.
The Turkey Quick Facts
||Turkish (official), Kurdish
||Turkish Lira (TL)
||Ataturk International Airport (IST)
Esenboga Airport (ESB)
||230 volts 50 Hz