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Health Care Acad J. 2014; 1(1): 15-20

Health Tourism in Turkey

Uzm. Gülnaz Kantar, Uzm. Erdoğan Işık.

In this study, with the “Health Transformation Programme” of Ministry of Health, aimed that there achieved important
developments and improvments in health tourism, with the increasing institutional capacity that offer qualified and cost-affective
services for all patients.
In the literature, Turkey is in 7th place with the world tourism destinations in 2010 with 27 million tourists, while in 2011 , 29 million
tourists rose to 6th place. In the area of health tourism, especially private hospitals made a great move and gave services to 83%
of international patients, 91% of medical tourists and 68% of patients as part of tourist health that came to Turkey in 2012. Tourists
coming to our country prefer more eye, orthopedics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery goes Antalya, Istanbul and Ankara with
provinces are our highlights.
Health Tourism is a new concept and service area in Turkey as well as all over the world. By the reason of great tourism potential
and all offered health services that have enough competitiveness with the other developed countries’ health services, tourists
come from all over the world for medical purposes. Therefore, health care professionals in their education, adding health tou rism
course to the curriculum, working in the field of health tourism in quantity and quality of personnel, the development of elderly care
and in the fields of gerontology professional identification and standardization of non-misleading ads supported by medical tourism
will improve the quality of their work.

Key words: Health tourism, Medical tourism, Health economics

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