Medical Tourism to Turkey

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Turkey offers high quality facilities for medical, thermal, spas and wellness services whilst incorporating five-star hotel accommodation into the package. Turkey has become a choice destination for medical tourists coming from European countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Germany, England, Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria and others, as well as Middle Eastern and Arab countries.

Turkey's Healthcare System

Turkey is currently seeking to join the European Union in the near future. In preparation for this, both government and private healthcare institutions are conducting strict implementation of quality, technical and medical standards. These factors are constantly monitored by independent watchdogs set by the Ministry of Health. The MOH, together with an Independent Turkish Medical Associations sets the local standards and guidelines that are followed by hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical practitioners.

The Turkish Ministry of Health owns and operates approximately 55% of Turkey's more than 1200 hospitals, whilst the rest are owned by universities, private companies and foreign entities. Many hospitals have local and international accreditation including the JCI (Joint Commissions International), the JACHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and affiliations with Western medical groups and facilities.

Most hospitals in Turkey have English-speaking doctors and medical staff that are certified by the Turkish Medical Association as well as being members of organizations according to their specializations, including the Turkish Dental Association , Turkish Gynecologist & Obstetric Association , Turkish Orthopedic and Traumatology Association , Turkish Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Society , Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery , and other specialized associations.

Hospitals for Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkey boasts of more than 30 medical facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission International. This is the largest accreditation that any country has ever achieved. 

Some hospitals are affiliated with top US medical providers such as the Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medicine, amongst others. 

Hospitals catering to medical tourism in Turkey are equipped with the latest medical technologies and have board-certified staff, with over 35% of physicians trained in the Western countries.

Browse our list of hospitals in Turkey > > .

Common Treatments done by Medical Tourists in Turkey

For generations, Turkey has been known for its excellent thermal spa resorts, some of which have been in existence since the time of the Romans. In modern times, the hospitals and healthcare facilities in Turkey offer a wide array of procedures and services for medical travelers, which include but are not limited to the following:

Cost of Medical Treatment in Turkey

The following are cost comparisons of medical procedures in Turkey and equivalent procedures in the United Kingdom: [source]
Medical Procedures
Procedure UK Hospitals Turkey Average Savings
Coronary Angioplasty $13,000 - $15,000 $5,000 - $6,000 60% - 65%
Hip Replacement $13,500 - $14,500 $6,500 - $7,500 45% - 50$
Prostrate Removal (Prostatectomy) $7,000 - $8,000 $5,500 - $6,500 15% - 20%
Knee Replacement $16,000 - $17,000 $7,000 - $8,000 50% - 60%
Hemorrhoids Removal $3,000 - $4,000 $1,500 - $2,500 45% - 55%
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Procedure UK Hospitals Turkey Average Savings
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) $11,000 - $12,000 $3,000 - $4,000 65% - 75%
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) $7,000 - $8,000 $3,000 - $4,000 50% - 60%
Breast Reduction $8,000 - $9,000 $3,500 - $4,500 50% - 60%
Liposuction (lipoplasty) $5,000 - $6,000 $2,000 - $3,000 55% - 65%
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) $5,500 - $6,500 $3,000 - $4,000 40% - 45%
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) $8,000 - $9,000 $3,000 - $4,000 55% - 60%
Eye / Ophthalmology
Procedure UK Hospitals Turkey Average Savings
LASIK Eye Surgery $1,500 - $2,500 $1,000 - $1,500 20% - 25%
Cataract Removal $4,000 - $5,000 $1,000 - $2,000 55% - 65%
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Procedure UK Hospitals Turkey Average Savings
Root Canal (per canal) $300 - $400 $100 - $150 55% - 65%
Tooth Whitening $900 - $1200 $400 - $500 50% - 60%
Dental Implants $3,000 - $4,000 $900 - $1500 70% - 75%
Gold Crowns $800 - $850 $200 - $250 70% - 75%

Malpractice and Liability Laws in Turkey

In a report by Abigail Cotterill (from the ADMD Law Firm on Medical Malpractice in Turkey), she describes that there are relatively low malpractice suits in Turkey. This is the case, even when healthcare providers do not normally carry malpractice insurance and the government is paying for damages on suits against state facilities. In this regard, the Forensic Medicine Association was established in Turkey, focusing on legal cases involving malpractice. Reforms have also been established to implement compulsory insurance for medical practitioners in both state and private-owned health facilities.

Pros

  • JCI-accredited medical centers

    With the highest number of JCI-accredited health facilities, medical tourists to Turkey are assured of high quality infrastructure and services by these hospitals and their medical staff.
  • Competitive prices

    Prices of medical care in Turkey are very competitive compared to Western European countries like the UK, Ireland, Austria and Italy.
  • Hospitality and culture

    Turkey has long been a gateway between the East and the West. The warmth and hospitality of its people is well reported on.

Cons

  • Language deficiency

    Amongst personnel dealing with medical tourists, there exists a deficiency in their English skills
  • Medical records and documentation

    Some hospitals lack the required knowledge in regard to documentations that should be issued to foreign medical travelers

Traveling to Turkey

Turkey is easily accessed by all airlines coming from Europe. A total of more than 300 flights come from various countries and arrive in one of Turkey's five major airports on a daily basis. 

Average estimated travel time in hours
From/To Turkey (Istanbul)
UK (London) 4
UK (Manchester) 5
Germany 3
Netherlands 4
Austria 3
Switzerland 3
Russia (Moscow) 2.5
UAE (Dubai) 4
Bulgaria 2
Romania 2

Entry and Exit Requirements to Turkey

In general, a valid passport and a corresponding visa are required for all travelers making their entry to Turkey. Depending on the country of destination, as listed in Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entry visas can be obtained upon arrival in Turkey. They can also be obtained from the Turkish Consulates located in the country of origin. 

Specific visa requirements for your country can be found at the Turkish MFA website.

Statistics for Medical Tourism in Turkey

Located in a strategic area that borders Asia and Europe, Turkey is fast becoming a popular destination for medical travelers. Figures show that approximately 270,000 medical tourists arrived in 2012 for various surgical procedures ranging from the cosmetic to treating serious conditions.

According to Turkey's Ministry of Health, the country has become the sixth most visited country in the world for medical tourism due to the quality of the doctors, the use of advanced medical equipment and the lower cost in comparison to the U.S. and to many European countries. 
Hospitals in Turkey