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About the medical tourism

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. Services typically sought by travelers include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries. However, virtually every type of health care, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, convalescent care and even burial services are available. Over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry.[3] However, accreditation and other measures of quality vary widely across the globe, and some destinations may become hazardous or even dangerous for medical tourists.

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Strengths of Turkey's Health Industry
Turkey holds a promising position for a bright future in medical tourism. Many improvements have been recorded in the health aspects of the country, which has been advancing on the road to full membership in the European Union. For one, the number of hospitals that provide health services in accordance with EU standards has increased rapidly. For about 10 years now, the technological infrastructure, as well as the comfort and quality of services of the hospitals in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, have been on the same level as their European counterparts. Moreover, the majority of doctors and other health personnel who are experienced, skilled and knowledgeable reside in these cities.

Medical Tourism For You?
…a look into the system of healthcare abroad


Quality and Safety of Healthcare Abroad
There is much to consider before experiencing a successful medical retreat. One of the first issues to investigate would be the quality and safety of healthcare abroad. You can perform a quick search on the internet and find a host of foreign hospitals, doctors, even government organizations marketing directly the worldwide consumer with hopes of attracting them to their country. CONSUMER BEWARE! Marketing rhetoric and posh photos can be very deceiving. I can personally vouch for this type of misperception. In my travels to 11 destinations within 7 countries around the world, I have seen these misrepresentations more often than not. This presents a very interesting question; how do you know who is telling the truth and who is fabricating information? The truth is, you don’t until you have either experienced it first hand or know of a trusting source that has had the experience.

Here are some of the services a DPM will offer to guaranty your comfort and enjoyment:

  • Meet and greet arriving customer at the airport
  • Private transportation to the hotel
  • Pre-arrange hotel check-in
  • Private transportation to-and-from doctor consultation
  • Private transportation to-and-from medical procedure
  • Interpretation assistance at hospital or clinic if needed
  • Provide communication assistance, such as cell phone or 24 hour contact number
  • Check on recuperating patient daily once procedure is performed
  • Provide emotional support if necessary during visit
  • Assist with local tour and excursion arrangements
  • Provide information about local dining, shopping, and pampering facilities
  • Provide information about local culture and customs of destination
  • Assure that customer is comfortable and content at all times
  • Deliver customer to airport for departure
  • Assist customer with baggage check-in upon departure
  • Arrange for Airport medical assistance upon departure if necessary


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