Turkey – The Rising Star of Medical Tourism

Türkiye home to ancient and scenic natural wonders has also become the top 10 destinations for health tourism.

Being close to West, Türkiye has been medical tourism hotspot for many Europeans and North Americans seeking affordable and efficient world-class medical services.

There are many reasons why Türkiye has become the rising star in this field: (i) the travelling distances to Turkey from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, makes it possible for people to cut costs, (ii) despite the lower costs, the quality of procedures offered is excellent.

  • No Long Wait Lists:

Once you book a treatment package in Türkiye, you can get the procedure done in a matter of a day(s). However, for instance in Canada, waitlists can be so long that you might have to wait for almost 2 years to get some procedures done.

The aspect of including the procedure in their vacation time also makes Türkiye a popular medical tourist destination, which is why many people can relax after or before getting their treatment.

The following advantages of treatment in Türkiye are highlight by the medical tourists:

  • JCI-accredited hospitals:

The quality of service of many hospitals in Türkiye is confirmed by world renowned accreditation bodies. More than 50 Turkish clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI accreditation is the process of assessing a healthcare facility’s compliance with established and internationally recognized standards. The goal is to improve the quality of patient care and medical care. Turkish hospitals rank second in the world accredited by this organization.

  • Convenient geographical location:

Due to its unique and convenient geographical position, Türkiye is the crossroads of two continents bordering Europe, Asia and Central Asia. It can be easily and quickly visited with direct flights from most countries. Türkiye does not require visas for many countries. Currently, the nationals of 78 countries and territories do not need to get a visa before traveling to Türkiye for tourism or commercial purposes. Note: Canadians need visa to enter to Türkiye. It can easily be obtained either online or upon arrival in some international airports.

For Canadians: If you are travelling to Türkiye for any type of tourism, use the official Turkish government site to apply online and purchase an e-visa prior to entering the country.

Be cautious of third-party websites that offer help in getting an e-visa, as they charge additional fees to provide information and submit applications for you. They are not operating on behalf of the Government of Türkiye. More information can be found on the Government of Canada website.

  • Affordable prices:

The cost of medical services in Türkiye is up to 75% lower than in Europe or North America. At the same time the quality of medical care remains at a high level.

  • Modern equipment and innovative treatment technologies:

Private, public and university hospitals, especially in Istanbul, Antalya and Ankara, are equipped with modern diagnostic and treatment equipment.

Many hospitals in Türkiye provide high-tech medical services in the field of oncological treatment, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, aesthetic, dental surgery, and microsurgery.

  • Experienced staff

The best hospitals in Türkiye have experienced medical staff and specialists who have performed thousands of operations.

All procedures and coordination related to health tourism are controlled by the Ministry of Health in accordance with the law. Many leading doctors have internship and work experience in North America and the European Union.

  • A combination of treatment and tourism:

Türkiye is definitely an ideal option for health improvement with a pleasant stay. After the treatment, rehabilitation and/or recovery there is an opportunity to enjoy your stay. Patients can take a variety of excursions, site visiting or simply spend time by the sea.

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