Tuesday, 9 March 2010

A healthy kind of tourism

Turkey. As we all know it’s famous for its ruins, sunny beaches, good food, and healthcare.

Wait – did you say healthcare?

That’s right – with its top medical facilities, complemented by spa and thermal facilities, Turkey is becoming a world leader in health tourism, especially among the healthcare-impoverished population of the United States.

A medical tourism conference in Chicago next week is set to present partnership opportunities that will mutually benefit both countries – particularly the stricken US population, who pay high premiums for healthcare on their home turf.

The event will present Turkey as a medical tourism destination, where you can combine medical procedures with a holiday in the sun.

“Turkey’s superior healthcare infrastructure, relatively short flying times and breathtaking beauty are attracting an estimated 200,000 medical tourists each year from the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East,” said Josef Woodman, author of Patients Beyond Borders.

Turkey also has 36 JCI-accredited hospitals – more than any other country in the world. The Joint Commission International, or JCI, is a non-profit organisation that certifies healthcare organisations throughout the world.

The practice of receiving healthcare overseas has grown in the past few years as more patients seek cheaper and better care outside their own countries.

And what better place to recover than in a country where the sun shines most of the year, the beaches are excellent and the food superb?


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