Medical Tourism

Emine Yilmaz Karakoc

In the past, patients had generally travelled to developed countries from less developed home country for medical purpose. In recent past, a new trend has changed the direction of patients’ travel. They started to go developing countries from developed own countries because of several factors such as increasing costs, long waiting time, lack of inadequate insurance coverage, ethical or legal issues, and changing characteristics of people. This new trend emerged the new sector that attracts the attention of global business community: “medical tourism”. Many governments realizing growing medical tourism market have developed their own medical tourism policy, created new strategies, and provided support for private sector in order to improve investments. Thanks to increasing private sector investments and governmental supports, several developing countries have been very successful in the sector by achieving to attract the attention of international patients. Turkey is one of these countries with affordable prices, accredited and high quality hospitals, no waiting time, advanced technology, qualified human resources, and superiority of geographical position, historical heritage, and natural beauties. Turkey is the candidate of future’s leader medical tourism destination with its potential. However, it has also some challenges to be overcome. In this chapter, we will provide general overview on medical tourism in Turkey and discuss potential and challenges of Turkey related to medical tourism. [1] [2]

  • [1] E.Y. Karakoc (H) Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkeye-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it © Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • [2] Egresi (ed.), Alternative Tourism in Turkey, GeoJournal Library 121,DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-47537-0_12
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