Turkey has always been a crossroads between Europe and Asia. It was the heart of the Byzantine Empire for hundreds of years and a center for education and higher learning. This continues in Turkey’s private healthcare institutions which are on par with some of the best in the world with costs that rival Southeast Asia, but much closer from many departure points. Turkey also is well known for its baths, thermal spas, and wellness retreats.
In anticipation of Turkey’s membership in The European Union in 2014, healthcare institutions are undergoing stringent reviews to ensure they adhere to high EU standards. Turkey presently has more Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals than any other country in the world at 32. JCI is considered the ‘gold standard’ in international healthcare, so medical tourists will be ensured of high quality treatment by internationally trained doctors, all while saving up to 80% on treatment costs.
Medical Tourism in Turkey
- There are no waiting periods for treatment in Turkey;
- It is estimated that 500,00 international patients were treated in Turkish hospitals in 2010;
Money And Paying For Things
- The currency is the Lira (TRY);
- Credit cards are widely accepted;
- ATM’s are prevalent in Istanbul;
- Americans and Canadians are required to have a tourist visa in order to enter Turkey;
- A 90 day visa can be obtained for $20 cash at point of entry;
- You must have a passport valid for 6 months from the date of entry;
- The main airport in Istanbul is Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport (IST);
- Turkish is the official language, but English is understood in many private hospitals treating medical tourists;
Top Quality Medical Facilities In Turkey
Anadolu Medical Center