Turkey is one of the countries that international patients choose to be treated because of its climate, sea, thermal resources, natural and historical beauty, and also health and nature tourism melt in the same crucible together. So, what are the factors that make Turkey such a popular health destination? Let's see if we can find any answers to that question.
Strong Health Infrastructure
Especially in the last twenty-five years, Turkey has made major investments in the field of health. Modern hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, domestic pharmaceutical and material production work, successful management of digital integration include only part of the country's health infrastructure.
Turkey also handles the Covid-19 outbreak period with a high success rate, despite the fact that Covid-19 continues to profoundly shake and stir the entire world, due to its strong health-care infrastructure. On the basis of the concept of "quality in health," early-onset drug treatments, hospital care, and painstaking work by filiation teams were quickly implemented.
Recently, city hospitals have been operating in every city with their projects fully equipped and able to meet the demands even in the most challenging situations. It is also worth noting that state hospitals are the backbone of the health infrastructure in Turkey. Turkey is ranked seven in terms of bed capacity worldwide. Turkish hospitals, which have a capacity of two hundred fifty-thousand beds, have responded to the need even in the most challenging days of the coronavirus.
Another example of this infrastructure is the International Patient Support Call Center. This call center, which serves international patients 24/7 without interruption, transfers the complaints of patients who do not speak Turkish in Turkey to the necessary medical institutions in the most accurate way and allows these patients to receive the most accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Experienced Doctor Staff
There are doctors in Turkey who have a global reputation, whose work has been published in the most prestigious journals, and there are also many doctors who are experts in their respective fields. Turkish doctors, who offer world-class services, fill the eyes with medical breakthroughs and new approaches.
The emphasis placed on medical education in Turkey has had a significant effect on this achievement. The sensitivity given to medical education allows for the education of doctors who are experienced in their field and who add to the medical literature with new knowledge and methods.
For example, a professor called the "neurosurgeon of the century" has contributed significantly to the education of thousands of brain and neurosurgeons. Prof. Dr. Gazi Yasargil continues to treat patients and teach at Yeditepe University's Department of Brain and Neurosurgery. Also, a professor who succeeds in operations with a low success rate, such as a face transplant or a uterus transplant, Dr. Omer Ozkan continues his work in Antalya.
For more detailed information about Turkish doctors who have been appreciated for their achievements around the world, you can visit our article about "world-famous Turkish doctors".
Private Sector Cooperation
According to 2020 data, one-third of tourists visiting Turkey do so for health care purposes. With its inexpensive health care, quality doctor staff, and modern hospitals, Turkey is a popular health tourism destination for countries from Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, and Central Asia.
Private health organizations, of course, have played a significant role in this success. Acibadem Health Group and Medical Park Health Group, two of the world's largest private hospital chains, are instrumental in this achievement. Since its establishment, Acibadem Health Group has emphasized sports medicine and athlete health. Via its Acibadem Sports Health Center in Istanbul, Acibadem Hospitals, which already sponsors most of Turkey's sports clubs, is one of the most prominent centers in the field of sports medicine in both Turkey and Europe.
Turkey, which has a large number of accredited hospitals by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which sets international standards in health care, is among the top three countries with the most JCI accreditation in the world.
Turkey is one of the few countries that recognized the promise of health and information technology early on and took effective measures to capitalize on it. From scheduling hospital appointments to learning the results of tests, the country uses technology in all aspects of health care. This prevents citizens from forming long lines in hospitals, avoiding unnecessary wasting of time, and ensuring that health care facilities operate in the most ideal way.
Digitalization in the health sector allows for necessary investments to be made based on; disease burden, health expenditures, and demographic analyses, as well as an increase in information and experience sharing between doctors. As a result, the most precise strategies for treating patients are chosen. As a whole, the pressure on doctors and other healthcare professionals is greatly reduced. This, of course, has a positive impact on the quality of health-care services in Turkey.