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Medical tourism to Turkey

02.02.2018
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In this article, we explain why medical tourism in Turkey is becoming popular. Tell you how to prepare for the trip and what to expect from treatment in Turkish clinics.

Reasons to undergo treatment in Turkey

Turkey is one of the TOP-5 leading countries in the field of medical tourism for the last 10 years. According to the Institute of Statistics, over 500,000 patients undergo treatment and diagnostics here every year. 49 Turkish clinics have received the JCI (Joint Commission International) quality certificate. For comparison: in South Korea, there are 27 clinics, and in Israel only 20 hospitals with this accreditation.

JCI accreditation guarantees the safety and quality of medical services, guarantees the professionalism and qualification of doctors.

Government in Turkey often reform the healthcare system that attracts a large number of investments. According to the Medical Tourism Magazine, over $30 billion has been invested in the development of Turkish medicine.

Most often patients choose Turkey for:

  • Cancer treatment. Turkish specialists carry out surgical removal of tumors, radiotherapy, chemotherapy. The doctors use CyberKnife and TrueBeam instruments for radiotherapy. These kind of radiotherapy gives a positive effect in 85% of cases.
  • Bone marrow transplantation.. 90% is the effectiveness of the procedure in Turkish clinics. The experts carry out allogeneic transplantation from the donor and autologous using the patient's own cells. The price of the procedure in Turkey is starting from $ 50,000, which is lower compared to Israel - starting $ 68,000.
  • Neurosurgery.. Turkish doctors perform deep brain stimulation (DBS) and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) for Parkinson's disease and epilepsy treatment. 98% is the effectiveness of DBS treatment in Turkey.

Treatment arrangement

Before the trip you need to choose a clinic and get a treatment program.

You should pay attention to:

  • JCI accreditation of the clinic;
  • necessary equipment;
  • compliance of treatment protocols with international protocols;
  • experience of the specialist.

Found out top clinics in Turkey according to Bookimed ranking here.

The next step is booking a hotel and buying tickets. Visa is not required.

Bookimed Doctor-Coordinators will help you to choose the best clinic and find out the most suitable treatment option.

Patients support

Most Turkish clinics includes an international department for working with foreign patients. Each patient may request a coordinator, who will provide with:

  • organization of transfer from an airport;
  • scheduling procedures for the treatment program;
  • accompanying a patient to the clinic;
  • solution of a patient's problems.

Language question

Most of doctors and medical personnel in Turkey speaks English well. In cases when a doctor speaks only Turkish, the international department of the hospital provide a patient with an interpreter.

Treatment cost

Affordable prices is one of the main advantages of medical tourism in Turkey. One of the advantages of medical tourism in Turkey is the prices. Treatment and diagnosis in Turkey are 30-50% cheaper than in Germany and Israel.

A patient pays the bill for treatment upon completion of all procedures. Payment includes diagnostics, treatment procedures, consultation with doctors and hospitalization. Transfer, meals and hotel accommodation are paid separately.

Potential problems

Some Turkish clinics organize coordination of foreign patients badly. Moreover, some of them drive up the prices for treatment or can refuse services after a patient’s arrival. To avoid surprises you need to make sure that the clinic has an international department and learn about the features of its work.

In Turkish clinics there are features in the organization of some procedures in Turkey has peculiarities. For example, when performing IVF doctors refuse to choose the sex of a future child because of religious beliefs.

You should be careful going to Turkey in the summer. High temperature and humidity can badly affect the health status.

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