Turkey claims 662,000 medical tourists in 2019

 

Turkey’s state-owned medical tourism promotion agency International Health Services (USHAS) says that the cities preferred most by international patients are Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, İzmir, Erzurum and Yalova, while the three main source countries are Azerbaijan, Iraq and Germany.Tourism income from foreign visitors and citizens, residing abroad and coming for health and medical reasons, amounted to US$1.065 billion in 2019.

The latest number for the first quarter of 2020 is 143,266 providing US$187.9 million in income.

The Turkish Ministry of Health and USHAS target for 2030 is 2 million health tourists/international patients, with 1.5 million by 2023 with revenue of US$10 million.

But great care has to be taken, as the historic and target figures are of international patients that includes include medical tourism (treatment and surgery in hospitals), spa tourism, thermal tourism (rehabilitation and rest in thermal facilities), hair transplants, elderly and disabled tourism (long-term stays).

The numbers may also include Turkish expatriates temporarily living abroad and/or Turks who have migrated, international traveller emergency patients and the millions of refugees living in Turkey as international patients/medical tourists.

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