In medical tourism, a notable trend has emerged – an increasing number of Canadians are choosing to travel to Turkey for medical care. Although Canadians are known to travel to various countries for health-related services, our focus today will specifically be on Turkey.

Whether you’re a medical tourism facilitator considering sending patients to Turkey, or if you’re based in Turkey looking to attract international patients, understanding the reasons behind this trend is crucial.

Historically, Turkey was primarily viewed as a destination for hair transplants. However, today, people are flocking to Turkey for a diverse range of medical and dental procedures.

Canada’s Healthcare System

Canada does have a publicly funded healthcare system, but it’s important to remember that it does not cover all healthcare needs. Prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, and many surgeries, especially elective procedures, are not covered. As a result, many Canadians often face substantial costs for these uncovered treatments.

In contrast, Turkey offers medical services at significantly lower costs than in Canada, even when factoring in travel and accommodation expenses.

Waiting Times

The primary reason Canadians seek healthcare outside the country is due to the long waiting times for medical care. Unfortunately, Canadians often have to wait for long periods, ranging from several months to even multiple years, to access healthcare treatment. This strain on the healthcare system underscores the need for outbound medical tourism. In contrast, Turkey generally provides quicker access to care.

Government Promotion and Stellar Reputation

Medical tourism in Turkey has been growing steadily over the last couple of decades due to a combination of factors. Government initiatives aimed at improving the quality of healthcare, international accreditation of hospitals, competitive pricing for medical procedures, and a reputation for high-quality, low-cost healthcare services have all played a role.

Final Thoughts

If you’re interested in starting a medical tourism company that facilitates trips to Turkey, or if you’re looking to expand your existing agency, we invite you to explore our membership and certification programs. Over the years, we’ve assisted countless medical tourism founders in building their businesses from the ground up, and we’re confident we can help you achieve the same success.

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