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Turkey Is About To Become A World Leader In Medical Tourism


In the early 1990s, Americans illegally using counterfeit, borrowed, or fraudulently obtained Canadian health insurance cards to obtain free healthcare in Canada became a serious issue due to the high costs it imposed. In recent years, Los Algodones, a settlement of fewer than 6,000 people located on the US border near Yuma, Arizona, has become a major destination for Americans and Canadians seeking dental services. Roughly 600 dentists practice in the community, catering mainly to tourists, leading the community to be nicknamed "Molar City". According to the latest IMTJ Global Medical Travel and Tourism, it is expected that medical tourism industry will be affected until 2021. Issues can also arise for patients who seek out services that are illegal in their home country. In this case, some countries have the jurisdiction to prosecute their citizen once they have returned home, or in extreme cases extraterritorially arrest and prosecute.

So, especially foreign investors start to buy properties in Turkey to introduce specific treatment methods of their countries as alternative medicine. Especially far east countries’ massage cures or aromatherapies are on top nowadays. Patients have a chance also to experience foreign treatment methods in Turkey. Turkey’s leading aesthetic services are hair transplants, plastic surgery, laser treatment, and dental. Hospitals allocate separate wards for patients coming from outside the country, for international health tourism. Turkey, centrally located at the junction/meeting point of Europe, Asia and Middle East, provides services with over 60 countries, serving 1 million people.