Turkey has achieved significant momentum in health care tourism over the last decade, offering a wide array of services and generating revenues. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, referring to the improvement in the sector, stressed that health care tourism has an important place in Turkey’s health strategies and that significant studies have been conducted in this regard. “Our income in health tourism has not reached $1.5 billion a year. We aim to further increase our health revenues by demonstrating our capacity completely. I believe we will reach $10 billion in revenue over the next five years through our studies,” he said.
Stating that Azerbaijan, Iraq, Georgia, Germany and Russia prefer Turkey for health tourism, Koca noted that health tourists are coming not only from neighboring countries, but also from distant regions with higher income levels.
Koca said “In short, our health sector will be promoted by the state. Under the caution and guarantee of the state, health tourism will reach the desired level.”
Meanwhile, revenues from health care tourism over the last five years reached $4.4 billion, while 1.8 million people visited the country for health purposes in the 2013-2017 period. Data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) shows that 433,292 people came to Turkey last year for health care tourism, a 62 percent increase compared to 2013 when the country welcomed 267,461 visitors for healthcare tourism.
In the first half of the year, 274,062 tourists visited Turkey for medical purposes, according to TurkStat data.