Medical tourism can be defined as the process of traveling outside the country of residence to receive medical care. The growth in the popularity of medical tourism has captured the attention of policymakers, researchers, and the media. Originally, the term referred to patients traveling from less developed countries to developed countries in pursuit of treatments not available in their home country.
Today, we are witnessing qualitative and quantitative shifts in patient mobility, as people travel from more affluent countries to less expensive countries to access health services. This shift is mostly driven by the relatively low cost of treatment in less developed countries. Also the availability of cheap flights, increased marketing, and online consumer information about the availability of medical services.
What puts the word “tourism” in the concept of medical tourism is that people often stay in a foreign country after their medical procedure. Thus travelers can benefit from their visit by sightseeing, taking day trips, or participating in any other traditional tourist activities.
Kinds of treatment
The different categories of treatments and their availability are also important factors in the decision to engage in medical tourism. The most common types of procedures that patients follow during medical tourism trips are elective plastic surgery, dentistry, organ transplantation, cardiac surgery, and orthopedic surgery.
However, medical tourism can offer a variety of services, ranging from various basic treatments to various types of traditional and alternative therapies. Reproductive tourism and reproductive outsourcing, the practice of traveling abroad to engage in surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and other methods of assisted reproductive technology, are becoming increasingly popular.
In addition to cost, another major factor responsible for the increase in medical tourism is access. The lack of it, either due to a lack of technology or bans in the home country, can lead to medical tourism. Common examples are cytoplasmic transfer or stem cell therapy. Our hospital gives you better medical care than you deserve, so contact us and visit our website to know more.
Reasons for the boom in medical tourism in Turkey
The quality of the treatment services provided and the appropriate prices made Turkey desirable to a large segment of patients. Compared to some foreign and even Arab countries, the prices of treatment in Turkey are more affordable at a very reasonable rate that may reach 70%.
Great facilities and support from the Turkish government for the medical sector. As the state provided facilities for hospitals, medical centers, and all their employees, to provide arrivals with the best treatment services. And these facilities included foreign patients coming from outside Turkey. As they facilitated both entry and movement procedures for the country, even in light of a crisis in Corona.
The availability of the latest medical devices and supplies was also a factor in attracting patients who are looking for the latest and highest quality technologies to provide the best results.
Specialized medical staff with high qualifications and long experience working at the highest level of safety and high safety standards to preserve the health and safety of the patient and provide him with the required results.
Types of medical tourism
Natural sources such as springs and natural water such as sulfur water, mineral water, and others, provide the patient with the treatment of chronic diseases. The city of Yalova is famous for the “Terminal” area, which contains hot sulfur water that contains many benefits. Also, it is a treatment for several diseases and is available to thousands of tourists every year.
Which includes all kinds of different treatments such as:-
Dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic surgeries of all kinds.
Istanbul, Antalya, and Izmir are famous for the availability of the most famous and largest of these medical centers that provide the highest levels of service and attract many foreign patients.
Tourism for the elderly and people with special needs
Such as providing social services and care for the elderly and people with special needs, such as hospital hotels, rehabilitation centers, and physiotherapy centers.
The most prominent and attractive operations for cosmetic treatment and plastic surgery in Turkey:
Turkey has gained great popularity in the field of cosmetic surgery. Thanks to the outstanding performance of doctors in medical centers, where they were able to achieve more than excellent results in all operations. And the list of cosmetic operations that can be performed in Turkey is long. In general, for any cosmetic procedure that a tourist may want to do With it, he will find available the best techniques and the most efficient doctors. And the cosmetic operations are as follows:
Beautification of the face:
Where any cosmetic procedure can be performed with high-precision techniques and equipment. It is possible to perform operations to tighten the eyelids and sagging face and neck. Or raise eyebrows and hide wrinkles, or even nose and ear reduction and augmentation operations, whether these operations are to treat a problem or beautify a deformity.
The list of body cosmetic surgeries in Turkey is very long. It is divided into, the first is sagging tightening and cellulite removal, for those who have sagging caused by lack of weight. Or as a result of aging, such as sagging arms, buttocks, and thighs. Also or dissolving fat in the abdomen and lower back and raising the buttocks and thighs.
The second section is breast augmentation, reduction, and plastic surgery, which is a type of delicate operation supervised by the best plastic surgeons. Any error in it may cause the inability to breastfeed again.
The third section is gastric sleeve operations, which patients undergo to lose weight, for those who suffer from a significant increase in weight that exceeds the natural mass of the body. And this type of body cosmetic surgery is the most attractive to tourists in the Arab world. And this is because the Turkish centers are The most experienced in this field and highly trusted by clients.
This type of cosmetic surgery is attractive to those who have any multiple dental problems. But the most in-demand in Turkey are dental implants, and a Hollywood smile, especially since most Arab celebrities and artists have performed such operations in Turkish medical centers.
Some centers specialize in vision correction operations, and there are many types, the most famous of which are LASIK and Femto-LASIK. And these operations are performed with an ideal success rate.
This is the field thanks to which the rate of medical tourism in Turkey has doubled in a few years. As medical centers specialized in hair transplantation enable a success rate of more than 90% in hair transplant operations of all kinds. Whether for scalp transplantation, beard and mustache transplantation, eyebrows and eyelashes, and thanks to the accreditation. Doctors with long experience, and the preparation of medical centers with all modern equipment and technologies. Turkey today is on top of the centers specializing in hair transplantation.