Health Tourism is generally gathered under 4 main headings.
- Thermal health tourism
- Medical Tourism
- Elderly Tourism
- Disabled tourism
Health tourism aims to offer medical options to ensure the comfort of patients and their families. In parallel with the high level of education and welfare in developed countries, the provision of health services is also costly. The share of healthcare needs and healthcare expenses of the aging population in developed countries is increasing day by day. Increasing costs of social security costs are forcing social security institutions. In order to overcome these difficulties, social security institutions and private insurance institutions in developed countries are trying to get health services at low cost by making package agreements with countries that offer quality medical services and nearby.
In recent years, tourists come from all over the world for treatment purposes, as Turkey also provides health services at a level that can compete with qualified health services in developed countries. Especially after the 1990s, it was seen that the private sector made serious investments in health services in addition to public health services.
As a result of these developments, private health institutions have started to increase, especially in big cities, at a level that can compete with European standards. Opening these health facilities, which have high costs in terms of construction and operation, to foreign markets is gradually becoming a necessity in terms of reducing these costs. In addition, its geographical location and trained and educated manpower in the health sector are among the important advantages of Turkey in health tourism. In addition to the patients who come for medical purposes, health tourism offers healing with its thermal springs and thermal waters thanks to the natural richness of our country.