Within the last ten years, medical and health tourism has grown dramatically. The number of health and medical tourists has significantly risen over time.
Traveling from one's home country to another to obtain medical care is often referred to as medical tourism or health tourism. This is a fairly wide notion with significant economic benefits for the host nation and several prospects for the medical traveler. The term "health tourism" is used to refer to receiving a wide range of health services in the destination country, including thermal spas, beauty treatments, rehabilitation, retirement communities, and services for the elderly. In contrast, the term "medical tourism" is primarily used to refer to receiving medical treatment and procedures in the destination country. People may now look abroad for a medical service that is both qualified and less expensive because of globalization.
The Medical Tourism Association estimates that 14 million individuals worldwide travel abroad for medical treatment. It is a movement with a market value of between 50 and 70 billion dollars. In order to attract more medical tourists, several nations are investing in medical technology and specialized facilities. The top 10 nations for medical tourism, according to the American Journal of Medicine, are listed below:
In order to draw in international patients, Asian nations like Malaysia, Thailand, and India have put strategies and initiatives in place. In comparison to the EU or the US, they have created medical facilities of the highest caliber at a reasonable price. The fact that Turkey is one of the top 10 travel destinations in the aforementioned rating demonstrates Turkey's strong position in the global healthcare market. Turkey's strategic geographic location, closeness to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and Central Africa, and Russia make it a popular tourist destination.
Numerous hospitals in Turkey have their service quality evaluated by renowned accrediting agencies. The Joint Commission International has certified more than 45 Turkish hospitals (JCI). JCI certification recognizes a medical institution's compliance of defined, globally accepted criteria. In terms of the number of hospitals recognized by this organization, which is seen to qualify as high quality medical care, Turkey comes in second in the world. Compared to Europe, the USA, or Israel, Turkey's medical service costs are 30–40% cheaper, although Turkish healthcare is nevertheless of a high caliber. Turkey has completely transformed into a destination for medical tourists.
Transfer from the airport, hotel lodging until test results and the need for inpatient treatment are received, lodging for family members during the course of treatment, a round-the-clock interpreter, and assistance with creating all necessary documents in the patient's native language and Turkish are typically provided to foreign patients.