Medical Tourism to Turkey
Updated: Jan 17, 2021
Turkey is one of the world’s premier destinations for medical tourism. On top of the high quality facilities available, medical tourists have access to thermal spas and wellness services which incorporate five-star hotel accommodation into their packages. Turkey has become a destination of choice for medical tourists coming from European countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Germany, England, Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria and others, as well as Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.
Turkey's Healthcare System
Turkey is currently seeking to join the European Union in the near future. In preparation for this, both government and private healthcare institutions are conducting strict implementation of quality, technical and medical standards. These standards are constantly monitored by independent watchdogs established by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health, together with an Independent Turkish Medical Associations, sets the local standards and guidelines that are followed by hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical practitioners.
The Turkish Ministry of Health owns and operates approximately 55% of Turkey's 1200+ hospitals, whilst the rest are owned by universities, private companies and foreign entities. Many hospitals have local and international accreditations, including the JCI (Joint Commissions International), the JACHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and affiliations with Western medical groups and facilities.
Most hospitals in Turkey have English-speaking doctors and medical staff that are certified by the Turkish Medical Association as well as being members of organizations according to their specializations, including the Turkish Dental Association , Turkish Gynecologist & Obstetric Association , Turkish Orthopedic and Traumatology Association , Turkish Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Society , Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery , and other specialized associations.
Hospitals for Medical Tourism in Turkey
Turkey boasts of more than 30 medical facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission International. This is the largest accreditation that any country has ever achieved.
Some hospitals are affiliated with top US medical providers such as the Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medicine, amongst others.
Hospitals catering to medical tourism in Turkey are equipped with the latest medical technologies and have board-certified staff, with over 35% of physicians trained in the Western countries.