Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sun, Beaches and Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey

ISTANBUL -- In 2007, the number of foreign patients in Turkey was 150,000. Last year, the number of foreigners treated in Turkey increased by 40% to total 200,000. Foreigners choose Turkey not just for lower medical costs, but also for vacation opportunities available following recovery.

"Europeans prefer Turkey mostly for plastic surgery, in vitro fertilization, dental treatment and laser eye surgery. These surgeries cost an average of 5,000 euros in Europe. In Turkey, the average cost for such surgeries varies between 500 to 900 euros.

Medical tourism in the country is growing like a snowball. Hospitals gravitating toward health tourism have been quite happy with the growing business and they foresee this year to be even brighter than last year.

7 Comments:

At 2/10/2009 10:36 AM, Blogger @sethstorm said...

Well, if they want to see a Turkish prison...

 
At 2/10/2009 2:15 PM, Blogger happyjuggler0 said...

The beauty of this is that those of us who through either ignorance or wisdom are horrified at the idea of trusting a Turkish (or other poor country) doctor or hospital still benefit indirectly.

The indirect benefits are more hospital space and doctor availability than otherwise would have been the case in developed countries. Also, as a longer term prospect, this increases competition for those in developed countries who provide health care, and competition has a way of raising quality and forcing one to find ways to reduce costs as well. At least compared to a system where on can basically say "take it or leave it".

Finally, the more often that people go to Turkey (or wherever) for the medical procedures, the more likely it is that young people in those countries will choose to enter those professions. This in turn raises their income compared to whatever other profession they would have entered, and helps to keep a lid on retail costs.

 
At 2/11/2009 7:47 AM, Blogger Aoife said...

This is definitely born out by research. The amount of British people searching for dental care in Turkey is up 58.5% this month on last.

 
At 2/11/2009 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that their medical skills are better than their math skills, since that increase isn't "40%."

skh.pcola

 
At 2/11/2009 11:24 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> These surgeries cost an average of 5,000 euros in Europe. In Turkey, the average cost for such surgeries varies between 500 to 900 euros.

Wait!

Why does any of this healthcare cost money in Europe?

I thought they had socialized healthcare that took care of everything?

Even if we exclude things like plastic surgery, one would think that dental care and lasik would be covered...?

 
At 2/12/2009 6:32 AM, Blogger Aoife said...

Unfortunately very foew medical schemes cover "cosmetic" dental care and lasik etc

 
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