Why Turkey

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Why Turkey

Medical Tourism

Medical or health tourism is becoming a very fast-growing trend in the medical scene. Which simply put is the act of traveling to another country to use their medical care and other health services.  It is estimated that this market will grow to $179.6 billion in 2026.  So why do people do it?  There are many reasons which include:

  • Better health care than what is provided locally in their native country.  This is true for third world & poor countries.
  • Cheaper service.  Many wealthy nations have excellent health care at a premium cost that many people can’t afford even with insurance.  Take for example the United States of America, where the cost of a heart bypass surgery cost $130,000. Even with insurance that covers 80% of the cost, the patient must come up with the other 20% which equates to $26000.
  • Not having to wait in long lines or on a donor list for major surgery.  This is true for some European countries and Canada, where the health service is excellent, but the wait is too long.
  • In some cases, especially in the oncology field, where the top-of-the-line treatment is not available or approved in the native country.
  • Turkey is a beautiful country that is expected to attract over 30 million visitors in 2021.  Combining tourism with medical treatment is an objective of many of the visitors of Turkey.

Medical Tourism in Turkey

Healthcare in Turkey has been improving rapidly in the last few decades, so much, so it became a regional leading provider of healthcare services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asian countries. As such, It has been growing at a much faster rate than the global scene. Let’s look at the below chart

According to the health minister of Turkey, their plan is to grow the health tourism industry to a $20 billion industry by 2030.  That is around 11% of the total projected size of medical tourism in the world.

Turkey was also ranked third in medical tourism by the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ).

Quality of Service in Turkey

To understand the quality of medical services available in Turkey, we need to look at a few statistics.  These numbers are published in 2018 by the ministry of health in Turkey

Hospital

  • Close to 1600 hospitals in the country
  • 600 of which are private
  • 58 university hospitals
  • The rest are government public sector hospitals
  • Turkey has more than 50 JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited hospitals.  This is the highest number of accreditations any country has ever received. Some hospitals have partnerships with US top medical providers such as the Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medicine amongst others.
  • The total number of hospital beds reached 231,913 units

 

Staff

The number of health care professionals in Turkey reached 1,016,401.  That is a jump of 10% from the year before, and this growth is expected to continue.

  • Over 35% of physicians are trained in Western countries.
  • A total number of physicians — including specialists, general practitioners, and medical residents — reached 153,128.
  • Dentists numbered over 30,000, while nurses and pharmacists totaled 190,499 and 32,032 last year, respectively.

How does it compare to the US Health Care System? 

According to numbeo.com which compares cost & quality of leveling across the globe, the quality of medical service in Turkey is at the same level that it is in the US.  Please take a look at the below chart for details and a total score of quality of health

Area of Measurement

US

Turkey

Skill and competency of medical staff

74.62

74.12

Speed in completing examination and reports

71.98

70.80

Equipment for modern diagnosis and treatment

86.42

81.18

Accuracy and completeness in filling out reports

75.10

73.28

Friendliness and courtesy of the staff

75.44

66.86

Responsiveness (waitings) in medical institutions

61.16

62.24

Satisfaction with Cost to you

48.11

65.53

The convenience of location for you

80.37

78.61

Overall Score

71.65

71.58

Cost of service in Turkey

Turkey provides better quality treatment at lower costs when compared to Europe, the U.S., Middle East, and Africa. Some surgeries are 90% cheaper than in other countries.  Below are a few charts comparing the cost of medication, and some of the most popular surgeries that are also known to be very costly.

Cost of medication comparison chart ⬇️

Drug Name

US

Turkey

%

Benicar Olmetec 20mg

$5.07

$1.83

64

Benicar HCT Olmetec

$8.37

$1.48

82

Nuvaring

$158.00

$50.00

68

Paxil

$6.82

$0.70

90

Abilify

$34.51

$2.25

93

Advair Diskus

$1,277.00

$102.00

92

Cialis

$12.13

$3.52

71

Crestor

$11.37

$0.40

96

Januvia

$14.88

$1.17

92

Nasonex

$648.00

$43.97

93

Nexium

$7.78

$0.36

95

Viagra

$58.72

$9.27

84

Average savings

85.18%

Surgery cost comparison chart ⬇️

Medical Procedures

Cost in US

Cost in UK

Cost in Turkey

Coronary Angioplasty

$64,000

$15,000

$6,000

Hip Replacement

$30,685

$14,500

$7,500

Prostate Removal

$35,000

$8,000

$5,500

Knee Replacement

$35,000

$17,000

$8,000

Face Lift

$8,000

$12,000

$4,000

Breast Augmentation

$10,000

$8,000

$4,000

Liposuction

$8,000

$5,000

$3,000

Nose Surgery

$10,000

$6,500

$4,000

Tummy Tuck

$12,000

$9,000

$4,000

Cataract Removal

$4,000

$5,000

$2,000

Dental Implants

$4,000

$4,000

$800

veneers

$500

$1,000

$1,500

Heart Bypass Surgery

$129,750

$27,000

$15,000

Angiography

$47,000

$12,000

$5,000

Autologous bone marrow transplant

$350,000

$70,000

$35,000

Deep brain stimulation

$70,000

$50,000

$35,000

Da Vinci prostatectomy

$130,000

$35,000

$18,500

Hair transplant

8500

8000

2000

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