Medical Tourism Turkey: 4 Reasons Why It’s So Popular

There are a number of top medical tourism destinations around the world, with Turkey being one of the most popular. Medical tourism Turkey has the makings of a world-class healthcare destination due to a number of factors.

Things that have made it so popular include government investment in healthcare infrastructure, the potential for cost savings, tourism infrastructure, reputation for clinical excellence, best practices and state-of-the-art medical technology and internationally trained and experienced medical staff.

Why Medical Tourism Turkey Is So Popular?

These are just a few reasons why Turkey is moving on to become the plastic surgery capital of the world.

Excellent Hospitals & Doctors

Turkey has a key focus on both its governmental and private healthcare facilities, with strict regulations being put in place and the implementation of quality technical and medical standards. The Ministry of Health and Independent Turkish Medical Associations have put in place a series of local guidelines and standards which are followed by healthcare facilities and medical practitioners in both the public and private sectors.

As a result of this, many hospitals in Turkey have both local and international accreditations, including JCI, JACHO and ISO accreditations, showcasing the high quality of the facilities. Alongside this, many medical practitioners working at these hospitals are certified by numerous associations and are members of specialist organisations relating to their individual skillset – i.e. Turkish Dental Association, Turkish Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Society etc.

More than 30 of the healthcare facilities in Turkey are accredited by the JCI (Joint Commission International) which is the largest accreditation any county has ever achieved, in the world. Many hospitals are also affiliated with the likes of Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Low Cost 

Low cost is one of the biggest reasons for the rise of medical tourism Turkey. However, it’s not because of the low quality of services provided. As mentioned above, Turkey has some of the finest hospitals and doctors. The reason why it costs low is that the rents, salaries and overall cost of living are lower in Turkey.

And the Turkish economy financially favours those who’re coming from other countries like the UK, US, or Europe, where the same procedures would cost 3 to 5 times more. It should also be noted that since plastic surgery is not medically necessary, it’s not covered by insurance or the NHS, so it’s something that you need to get done privately. And if done privately at, for instance, a clinic in the UK, it will cost you much more.

Turkish Hospitality 

Turkey has long been a gateway between the East and the West, and as such, the hospitality of their people is well known. In order to provide you with a seamless procedure here when you opt for a hair transplant in Istanbul, we ensure that you have your very own host with you throughout the experience, and a translator if required.

You can enjoy a comfortable stay at one of our chosen hotels throughout the duration of your procedure, and also enjoy private transfers to and from the airport. Hospitality is a key part of our service even at Longevita, reflecting the culture of the country in which our procedures take place.

Ideal Location 

Turkey’s location is considered ideal when it comes to travelling. Its proximity to Europe and UK is the reason why many people from those countries choose medical tourism Turkey. The country itself straddles both East and West and has cultural influences of both of them. This infused with the rich history of the country, many people consider it the ideal place to have a vacation (before or after they have their procedure).

How Has Medical Tourism Turkey Impacted Europe & UK? 

What once was rare, is now commonplace, particularly in Europe and America. The growing demand for patients searching for high-quality surgical treatment, at an affordable cost, alongside the consistent rise in prices in the UK and the US for some of the world’s most popular treatments, has led to a boom in medical tourism Turkey.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons released statistics that showed procedures in the UK fell by a whopping 40% in 2016 when compared to the boom in the industry in 2015. While the report showed that breast augmentation remained the most popular surgery out of all of them, the statistics show a significant decline – from just 30,750 procedures carried out in 2016, compared to 51,140 in 2015.

The report also showed that both men and women are choosing cheaper, non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels as opposed to regular surgeries, displaying how the cost is one of the biggest influencers when it comes to people choosing cosmetic procedures. And cost alone has been one of the biggest reasons for the popularity of medical tourism Turkey.

According to research published in 2017 by PwC, medical tourism in central and eastern Europe is rising by 12-15% annually. Turkey has long been known as a premier destination for people seeking health resorts, and as such, the country has become a leading option for those looking for medical healthcare. In fact, Turkey is a key choice for patients from England, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and many other countries across Europe, as well as a number of Middle Eastern and Latin American countries, due to the quality of the procedures and the low costs.


Medical tourism Turkey is on the rise. And it’s because of many reasons that this has happened. It isn’t just about low cost but also about the provision of excellent healthcare services. Before making a booking, make sure to do your research so that you find the right clinic and surgeon for your cosmetic procedure.

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