Place of Turkey in Health Tourism

Tourists today; have been able to solve health-related problems in the countries they went to visit, to have fun, to eat and drink and to lodge. The movement of people who aim to be treated by staying outside their residence through travel has caused the concept of health tourism to emerge.

Health tourism has reached a position of attracting attention to all countries by reaching a volume of 100 billion dollars in the world. As the world population increases, the quality of life increases and the cost of health care services in various countries increases, people tend to countries where they can get better quality and more suitable services.

According to the ranking of the top 10 countries with the highest number of tourists and the highest tourism revenue in 2009, is ranked 7th in the number of arriving tourists and 9th among the tourism revenues. Especially in the field of medical tourism, Turkey has a price policy that is far below the dental treatment prices of Europe and America. In addition to its reasonable prices, it provides high success rates in terms of treatment possibilities in a short time without waiting for illness and a much gentler service understanding than the ones that are encountered in the countries.

According to the statistics of the Turkish Statistical Institute and the Central Bank; In 2003, 103,400 foreign patients came to Turkey for treatment. These figures were recorded as 162,480 people in 2008 and 132,680 people in 2009.

According to statistics of the Turkish Statistical Institute for the first period of 2011-2012 (January-March), the total amount of expenditure made for health within the tourism expenditures was 91.819.678 TL (3.0%) in 2011 and 100.917.425 TL (3.6% ).

As it can be understood from the data, Turkey has achieved European standards in technological infrastructure in the health services, has increased the quality of service, has not changed the price policy and has achieved success in international patient demand and satisfaction.