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Medical travel to Turkey

Turkey is a leading medical travel destination that offers some of the best care and private treatment facilities in the world. In addition to the top-quality facilities available to patients, medical travellers can access wellness services and hotel accommodation of the highest standard. Turkey has become one of the top destinations for tourist from across Europe, including Russia, Germany, UK, Netherlands and more, as well as the Middle East and the Americas.

With many private hospitals spread across some of the most popular touristic destination, patients can find the exact treatment they need, and have it done at a location that best suits them.

About Turkey

Turkey is a secular, unitary, parliamentary republic. A large part of the country is in Anatolia, west Asia, with a smaller part located in the Balkan peninsula in the southeast of Europe. Bordering turkey are eight countries, Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

The capital of Turkey is Ankara which is in the heart of Anatolia. The best known and most populous city is Istanbul which has a population of 15 million and is the financial, cultural and historical centre of the country.

While Istanbul is a big tourist attraction all year round, during the summer periods the coastal regions of the Aegean and Mediterranean are very popular with both tourists and medical travellers.

Turkey healthcare system

Due to its close relations with the European Union and its desire to become a member, Turkey is implementing many of the European standards expected of healthcare institutions. Especially when it comes to standard of quality, care and technology.

Turkish Medical Association sets the local standards and guidelines that are followed by hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical practitioners.

Turkey has an estimated 1200 hospitals, 55% of which are own and operated by the state. The rest are either private, run by universities or foreign operations. Many private care providers are accredited internationally by the Joint Commissions International (JCI), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and have affiliations with Western medical groups.

English is widely spoken by medical staff, but interpreters will be available for medical travellers if needed. Medical staff are certified by the Turkish Medical Association and are usually members of organisation they specialise in like Turkish Dental Association, Turkish Gynaecologist & Obstetric Association, Turkish Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association, Turkish Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Society, Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, and so on.

Popular treatments in Turkey

Bariatric (weight Loss) Surgery:

The results of such a procedure can be positive. Not only will you notice a significant drop in weight, but you should see a general improvement in disorders associated with obesity like blood pressure and diabetes.

Cosmetic Surgery:

A broad field of medicine, cosmetic surgery can be carried out to change and improve a variety of conditions on a number of different parts of the body, including the face, body and breasts.


One of the most popular treatments carried out in Turkey, dentistry can be one of the most straightforward treatments to have abroad.


Couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a significant period of time but haven’t succeeded may consider having fertility treatment. The rate of success will vary depending on the cause of the problem and the treatments available.

Hair Loss Treatment:

Baldness is a very common problem of a lot of men. Implant treatments abroad are very popular due to the significant cost savings available to patients.

Laser Eye Surgery:

By altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.


Eye care is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not matter the age. Cataracts, retina treatments and corneal diseases are some of the conditions that can be treated by your ophthalmologist.

Traveling to Turkey for treatment

Most direct flights from the UK go to Istanbul. Depending on the time of year, more direct flights to different destinations like Izmir and Antalya may become available.

Typical flight time to turkey from the UK is 3.5 to 4 hours. The cost of a flight will vary depending on the time of year. There are many low-cost flight operators, as well as many bigger airlines that fly to Turkey which gives travellers plenty of travel options.

Last year over 1.7 million British nationals travelled to Turkey, most without any problems. If you need emergency assistance you may contact the nearest British embassy for support. If you’re a dual national, Turkish and British, the British embassy may only be able to offer limited support.

Be sure to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Although this type of insurance won’t help with the cost of your medical travel or any complications that may occur, it can be extremely useful when, and if, you’re confronted with and unexpected situation while out there.

Find the right care provider

The best way to find the right care provider is to contact them directly and have them answer your questions. Get in touch with multiple care providers if you must to compare services offered and ensure the best decision for you is made.

Meeting consultants, in person or over a telephone conference before your procedure is also very important. Do not be afraid to ask some probing questions about the doctor, consultant and the hospital or clinic.

Here are some questions you may consider asking:

  • What experience do you have in this area of medicine?
  • What are your qualifications?
  • When did you receive training?
  • Where were you trained?
  • How much experience do they have on the specific treatment or surgery you need?
  • Can they provide any statistics on post operation complications?
  • Can they provide testimonials and allow you to contact past patients?
  • How much does the consultation cost?
  • How much does the procedure cost?
  • What payment options are available to you?
  • What is their cancellation policy in case you are not able to go ahead with the procedure?
  • What is the patient satisfaction score?
  • Are the hospital return to theatre rates published?
  • What are the accreditation standards the hospital or clinic meets?
  • What after care support services are available?
  • What cost implications are their if there are complications with the procedure?

How can we help you?

At Mhc, we encourage informed decision making when it comes to healthcare. Quite often it can be difficult to find the information you need or trust the reliability of sources providing the information. Although we don’t give any healthcare advice or recommendations, we strive to breaks downs barriers and strengthen communication with medical experts who can help.

Finding your care provide:

Search our database of healthcare providers in Turkey and contact them directly for information on the treatment you’re interested in. Alternatively tell us what you’re looking for through our contact form and we’ll find the appropriate care providers and get them to give information about treatments and their services.

Contacting and communicating with your care provider:

If you’re satisfied with the information you receive and want to continue the conversation, we can help arrange a call or an online consultation to discuss your needs and the available treatment options in more detail.

Booking your treatment:

Once you’re happy to proceed with the treatment, we can work with you and the care provider to confirm an appointment for you to go in for treatment.

Coordination and logistics of having treatment:

Working with the care provider, or using our own logistical resources, we can help to plan and schedule your trip.

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