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:
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).
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
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.
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
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.