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Feb 5, 2023

Health tourism in Turkey 2021

Tourism in Turkey is not limited to visiting archaeological, historical, and other tourist attractions that millions of tourists flock to each year. Medical tourism in Turkey has become an important destination for tourists from various countries worldwide, Turkey was achieved an important imprint in this field compared to the world's leading countries in medical tourism.

Year after year, the number of tourists coming to Turkey for medical tourism doubles, whether for enjoying the hot mineral springs or to hospitals and medical centers, either for hair transplantation operations or for plastic surgery and other medical treatment.

The interest of the Turkish government and those in charge of medical tourism in Turkey was not a spur of the moment, but this sector has been receiving attention for several years, as official sources expected that medical tourism would contribute to achieving 20 billion dollars by 2023.

Turkey earns $2.5 B of health tourism in 2020 despite COVID-19

Turkey’s health tourism industry closed 2020 with a turnover of $2.5 billion. Which assures that Turkey is taking firm steps toward becoming a global brand in health tourism.

Health tourism encompasses a wide range of treatments, such as medical tourism, in which patients have treatments and surgeries at hospitals; thermal tourism, providing rehabilitation at thermal facilities; and tourism catering to the elderly and disabled, offering them long-term stays and social activities at geriatric treatment centers.

While Turkey has developed its investment portfolio within the framework of these categories, there has been a noteworthy increase in recent years of tourists seeking oncological, orthopedic and aesthetic treatments.

Most of the patients in 2020 came from Europe. The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and Belgium took the top spot. Sweden, Denmark and Norway were among the Scandinavian countries that preferred Turkey for aesthetic treatments.

Medical tourism turkey statistics show that health tourism industry closed 2020 with a turnover of $2.5 billion. Turkey’s medical tourism ranking is among the 1st ten countries worldwide. Istanbul medical tourism is distinguished due to the large number of medical tourism companies in Istanbul that offer distinguished medical tourism services and full health check-up Istanbul at competitive costs. 

In 2021, Turkey searches for new markets in the Asian region will begin with countries like India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan. Health tourism will continue to contribute to Turkey's total service exports.

Availability and quality of medical centers:

Perhaps the most important and prominent feature that favors medical tourism in Turkey is the presence of many modern medical centers equipped with the best devices and technologies that compete in providing distinguished services through skilled, specialized doctors and qualified medical staff.

Competitive cost:

Turkish hospitals and medical centers compete to provide distinguished international service at an affordable cost.

Easy travel and accommodation:

Medical tourism companies in Turkey provide all services, including residency, and tourism.

Turkey's healing springs a cure for all

Blessed with numerous natural wonders, Turkey certainly is a rich country when it comes to hot springs and healing waters. Since the time of the ancients, the hot springs of Anatolia have been a draw to the locals as well as others from neighboring states and even some civilizations that thrived and found glory in the pages of history.

Now, Turkey has taken over the tradition and become one of leading countries in health tourism thanks to its more than 1,000 springs. Once holiday spots for the elderly looking for remedies, the springs in Turkey have become a fun holiday choice for almost every age group.

With one of the world's best climates, wonderful nature and one of the healthiest diets, Turkey is the ideal destination for psychological and physical rejuvenation. This winter, leave the cold weather behind you and renew yourself both body and soul in the healing waters of Anatolia.

High resilience during the coronavirus crisis

Turkey has witnessed many successes during its fight against the emerging coronavirus, especially the excellence in the medical field that has placed it among the ranks of the medically advanced countries. These successes achieved by Turkey in combating the Corona epidemic opened the way for an increase in the demand for medical tourism in the country, so that the latter would return to its active circle, after the Ministry of Health instructed to ease its restrictions and receive patients from all countries of the world.


Medical tourism in Turkey occupies a high place of attraction around the world, as millions of tourists visit the country annually, to receive treatment services through specialized health centers equipped with the latest equipment, and hospitalization in natural springs.

Medical tourism is one of the tourist products that Turkey is famous for, in addition to recreational tourism, adventure tourism, religious tourism, cultural tourism, and conference tourism. It is also considered one of the most important pillars of the Turkish economy and a major source of national income, which has relied heavily on its prosperity and the amount of currency it generates.

Turkey is witnessing a qualitative leap in medical tourism, which was confirmed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who indicated that the data show that his country "will have an advantage in the global economy that is expected to be restructured after the epidemic." He said that "the new world order after Corona will give Turkey an opportunity to be at the forefront;" noting that the Corona epidemic affected the economic sector throughout the world, and that "Turkey could overcome this stage." He explained that, "Turkey will have the preference in taking an advanced position in the world, after restructuring the global economy, in the period following the Corona epidemic."

The quality of the Turkish health system has increased, and the number of medical cities and emergency hospitals has increased in many Turkish cities such as Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Izmir, Trabzon, Mugla, Bursa, Aydin, Rize and Yalova, that became among the most preferred states in the field of medical tourism for Turkish citizens and foreigners alike.

Turkey excels in medicine

Medical tourism in Turkey during the past three years has achiebed important achievements, with the steady increase in the number of foreign patients who have been treated in the country year after year and expectations that the successful management to limit the outbreak of the Corona epidemic that Turkey has proven will increase its share of global medical tourism revenues in the future, especially That administration has been appreciated many times by various health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO). This makes the demands on the medical tourism sector in Turkey likely to increase and increases optimism that this sector will achieve real and very good gains in the long term.

It seems that the recently established medical cities have made significant contributions to the advancement and development of the medical tourism sector, by providing advanced medical infrastructure and equipment.

The opening of the Basaksehir "Cham and Sakura" medical city in Istanbul

In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened a video conference. The medical city of Basaksehir, which was called the "Cham and Sakura" medical city, is on the European side of Istanbul.

The Medical City consists of 2,682 beds, 1,174 single patient rooms, 464 twin rooms, 456 intensive care rooms, 90 operating rooms, and 982 clinics. It is able to receive 35,000 patients a day, of whom 7,000 are in the emergency department, which equates to about one million patients per month.

The medical city of "Basaksehir" is set to become one of Turkey's trademarks in the field of medical tourism, at a time when Istanbul has become a global health center. The medical city in Basaksehir is the largest medical complex in Istanbul and the third in Turkey.

High specifications

The new medical city is linked to a modern road and transportation network that avoids passing through crowded neighborhoods and is directly connected to fast transportation lines connecting it to Istanbul Airport and the parallel marine channel.

It is also linked to transportation lines leading to Anatolia via the Sultan Yavuz Selim Bridge, which connects the European side of Istanbul with its Asian side.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Health, the Medical City is the largest medical institution isolated from earthquakes in the world, as it has supplied 2040 seismic isolators that work efficiently and very high specifications without interruption even in the face of violent earthquakes and earthquakes.

The latest advanced technologies within the medical cities

Turkey in general and Istanbul in particular is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of medical tourism, through the advanced infrastructure of the inaugurated modern hospitals distinguished by their architecture and modern appearance, which will play an important role in the post-Corona stage, as the hospitals aim to make important contributions in combating Corona, as well as providing its services in The field of medical tourism and the control of epidemics and potential diseases after.

The medical city in Istanbul is the fourth in Turkey after the previously opened three medical cities of different capacities in Adana, Mersin and the capital, Ankara.

3,600 health facilities completed in Turkey in last 18 years

Some 3,605 health facilities have been completed across Turkey over the past 18 years, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

678 of those facilities are full-fledged hospitals, while 386 are additional wings to preexisting health centers.

Furthermore, 347 additional hospitals are either under construction or in the planning phase and set to be completed by 2023.

Private companies and universities are also helping the country’s health care system but that the ministry has 14,000 facilities to serve the public. Around 8,000 are community clinics, while 934 are hospitals, and some 700,000 health workers are employed by the ministry.

Life expectancy at birth reached 78.6 years, while death rates for mothers during birth have been reduced to 13.1 in 100,000 pregnancies, while the same figure for babies declined to 6.7. The total amount of treatment costs paid by patients has been reduced by 17.3% to 16.7%. A noticeable satisfaction in health care services has been achieved in Turkey.

Medical tourism in Turkey is characterized as the best in the world, even more, after Turkey’s success in fighting the Corona virus, it is expected that this tourism will develop. Turkey ranks among the medically developed world countries, especially with the opening of many hospitals in record time.

Edited by Akarkom from Daily Sabah and AA

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