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Medi-Travelers

Most international hospital patients come from the Middle East

The cost of medical treatments in Turkey is affordable comparative to other Western European countries. Bordering Greece to the West, Turkey benefits from its proximity to Western Europe and its popularity with Europeans as a general tourist destination.

Most international hospital patients come from the Middle East, followed by the Balkans and Caucasia.

There is significant growth in the Medi-Traveler sector (as well as Wellness-Traveler sector). According to data of the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the number of visitors that came to the country for medical reasons, from 109,000 in 2010 has reached to 414,600 as of 2014 (up 55% over the preceding year) and 583,000 in 2015. The reports also claim that by adding in cosmetic surgery, the total figure reaches 700,000.

As at 2015, year Medi-Travelers revenue spend was USD 837 million in treatment expenses alone in the country.

The Turkish health tourism sector generated $2.5 billion in 2016, and is expected to generate even more from 2017 onwards. According to the Turkey Health Tourism Development Council regular tourists bring around $700 per visit but for medical tourism income average is $8,000 per visit, so the Government is placing massive support behind the industry sector.

Many European and American-trained doctors are now stationed in the country, and provide cardiac, cancer and orthopedic care, and it is rapidly becoming a hub for hair transplant surgery.

Turkey has established itself as a center for eye treatment in particular, and offers inexpensive laser surgery. The Dünyagöz Hospitals Group, runs eye-care centers across Turkey, as well as Holland, Germany and England, and is a popular choice for foreign patients. The Group caters to almost 30,000 medical tourists a year from over 100 countries. Laser treatment on both eyes starts at 750 euros (USD$1,042), including three nights’ stay in hospital. This excludes any potential hotel recuperation period.