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Turkey aims to rank first globally in health tourism

Turkey aims to rank first globally in health tourism

Digitalization to put Turkey’s health tourism on top.

Mehmet Ali Kılıçkaya was speaking during the “HIMSS Eurasia Health Informatics and Technologies Conference and Fair,” which was held for the 21st time this year in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.

He told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Turkey is one of the most successful countries around the world in health tourism.

Public and private hospitals have invested heavily in health infrastructure with the transformation in health, Kılıçkaya stated, noting that Turkey has started to overcome the problems caused by the pandemic as well.

Stating that the growth in this area will continue, Kılıçkaya noted over 600,000 health tourists visited Turkey in 2019, with a turnover of over $1 billion.

“There was a slight decrease with the effect of the pandemic in 2020,” he said, however, the recovery began in 2021.

Among the branches Turkey is very successful, Kılıçkaya said these are all vital branches, especially in plastic surgery, dental health and eye health.

Noting that patients from different countries prefer Turkey for treatment, Kılıçkaya said that this is because the country is a close flight distance to many prominent markets and offers quality service at more advantageous prices.

“Our goal is to rank first in health tourism in the world with investment and digitalization,” he said.