Turkish health tourism to generate $20B by 2023

BURAK ERDEM ÇELIK
ANKARA
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A tourism report issued by the Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) stressed that Turkey is among the leading countries in organ transplants, while the country's national policies boost health tourism. The report also states that around two million medical tourists and $20 billion revenue are expected by 2023.

The report indicates that Turkey ranks third among countries having the highest number of health care organizations accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). The country is also the first choice of medical tourists coming from a number of countries, including Germany, England and Russia.

While Turkey's national policies support medical tourism, Turkish Airlines (THY) offers considerable discounts to medical tourists. Being among leading countries in face and other kinds of organ transplants, Turkey is expected to host two million tourists and secure around $20 billion in revenue from health tourism by 2023.

Turkey stands out as an appealing health tourism spot thanks to the significant places in Istanbul and Antalya provinces in world health tourism and the presence of international pharmaceutical companies in the country. It also has reliable systems requiring advanced technologies such as robotic surgery.

Moreover, Turkey is one step ahead of other countries in the sector with the additional benefits the Health Ministry's Health Tourism Department offers such as the provision of price-quality relation in the most efficient way and it serves patients in several languages, including English, Arabic, German and Russian.

Besides, Turkey ranks first among European countries having the richest sources of thermal springs, which will certainly contribute to the growth of medical tourism in the country with an added plus that the health care services are cost-effectively provided.

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