What is Health Tourism?
1- To go from one country to another only for treatment for any reason (length of waiting time, cost of treatment or better quality health care, etc.).
2- It is also included in this definition to travel from one country to another for spa treatments, which are medically determined by the report.
Health tourism; they are briefly made for treatment purposes. In other words, health tourism is a type of tourism that enables the growth of health institutions by using the international patient potential together with those in need of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Health tourism aims to provide medical options to ensure the comfort of patients and their families. Parallel to the high level of education and welfare in developed countries, provision of health services is also costly. In developed countries, the share of health needs and health expenditures of the aging population is increasing day by day. The increasing costs of social security costs force social security institutions. In order to overcome these difficulties, it is seen that the social security institutions and private insurance institutions in developed countries are trying to get low cost health care by making package agreements with the countries that provide quality medical services and nearby countries.
In recent years, tourists from all over the world come to our country for treatment because our country has provided health services at a level that can compete with the qualified health services in developed countries. Especially after the 1990s, in addition to public health services, the private sector also made serious investments in health services in our country. As a result of these developments, private health institutions have begun to increase, especially in large provinces, which can compete with European standards. The opening of these health facilities to overseas markets, which have high construction and operational costs, is increasingly compulsory in terms of reducing these costs. In addition, it trained in the health sector and geographical location of our country and trained manpower in the health tourism are among the important advantages of Turkey.