Turkey records more than a quarter-million medical tourists in H1 2019

Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Yalova and Adana receive the highest number of medical tourists each year, from GCC nations

Turkey has also recently unveiled several incentives geared to lower healthcare expenses for overseas visitors
Turkey has also recently unveiled several incentives geared to lower healthcare expenses for overseas visitors

Inbound medical tourism in Turkey is on the rise with the nation’s healthcare facilities having treated 264,138 medical tourists in the first six months of 2019, with end of year projections estimated at 1 million incoming medical tourists.

This forecast will generate upwards of US$3.5 billion in revenues, surpassing the $2.5 billion generated by the end of the previous year, which saw 551,748 tourists travelling into Turkey from over 120 countries to avail healthcare treatments.

“Tourists come to Turkey for a lot more than its sights; medical tourism into our cities has been climbing steadily over the last decade,” said Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey. “We have been investing heavily into the growth of our healthcare sector, and we now offer high-quality treatments at very affordable prices.”

The Turkish cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Yalova and Adana receive the highest number of medical tourists each year, from GCC nations, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, as well as from Germany, Russia. Azerbaijan and Iraq.

The top ten clinics for medical tourists listed services under ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and cardiology as the top treatments in 2018.

“Medical tourists from our GCC neighbours in particular come to Turkey to avail cosmetic treatments. They are drawn in by the opportunity to combine these treatments with Turkish holidays,” added Ozer.

Turkey has also recently unveiled several incentives geared to lower healthcare expenses for overseas visitors.

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In 2018, the government unveiled VAT exemptions for non-residents undergoing medical treatments in institutions accredited by the Ministry of Health.

The government has also made healthcare an integral part of its tourism development plan, with targets set at two million medical tourists and $10 billion in revenues annually by 2023.

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