Turkey is emerging as one of the most popular destinations in the world for medical tourism, testament to the quality, low-cost medical treatment available in the country, and at the same time reassuring for expats concerned about the standard of Turkish healthcare.
Research agency Research and Markets has outlined why Turkey is attracting an increasing number of medical tourists in its new 50-page report “Turkey Medical Tourism Outlook 2017”. The trend is expected to increase with the recent devaluation of the Turkish lira, making treatment cheaper for foreigners coming from countries with a stronger currency.
Factors such as world-class healthcare infrastructure, highly-skilled healthcare professionals, close proximity with many European countries and cost-effectiveness has escalated growth of Turkey’s medical tourism, says the report, adding that dentistry, cosmetic surgery, eye treatment, infertility treatment and hair transplants are the most popular medical treatments.
It is anticipated that Turkey’s medical tourism market will rise at an annual growth rate of around 6 per cent between 2013 and 2017. This will be driven by the country’s price competitiveness and the increasing role of facilitators, the growth in old and disabled tourism and the increasing global demand for alternative cures.
Istanbul, Kayseri, Adana, and Gaziantep are said to be the most attractive cities for health tourists. Turkey is now among the 10 largest health tourism destinations in the world with patients from Germany, Holland, and France forming the majority of its health tourists, followed by Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.