It is not surprising that the land of the crescent moon is drawing many of Europe’s elderly to health tourism. A land of mysticism, ancient history and beautiful landscape has much to offer in retirement services.
According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey is leading an industry growth generating 130,000 visitors per year in the areas of rehabilitation, retirement homes and elderly care treatment at affordable rates for high quality of services. Not far behind the leaders in Asia, it averages approximately $100 billion in global health tourism per year.
Turkey Health Tourism.Org gives the world a look into why Turkey is a leader in global health travel:
- The country has the highest number of JCI accredited healthcare institutions in the world
- It houses many regional headquarters of major international pharmaceutical companies
- Nearly 60 internationally competitive medical faculties train thousands of Turkish and foreign medical students
Dr. Filiz Cevirme, General Coordinator of Private Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Association (OHSAD) in Turkey says that people travel because of “exorbitant costs of healthcare in industrialized nations, ease and affordability of international travel, favorable currency exchange rates in the global economy, and rapidly improving technology and standards of care”.