When you decide to travel to another country for diagnosis or treatment, being informed about details related to the treatment or diagnostic tests, hospitalization period, and prices before your arrival will make your decision easier. If you send us your medical documents (epic rises, examination results, and so forth) before your arrival, you will have an opportunity to be informed about the estimated treatment process that our physicians or doctors have suggested and about the approximate price. However, if you need quick information about medical tourism or beauty practices, we have collected some of the most frequently asked questions in this article to read, and if you do not have another question, you can use the chat button at the bottom of the page.
What is Medical Tourism?
Medical Tourism is a new concept used to represent obtaining medical or surgical services while traveling or vacationing in another country.
What are the types of medical procedures that tourists usually seek abroad?
There are a lot of different medical/surgical options for medical tourists. Primarily, medical tourists get elective procedures such as cosmetic surgery, hip and knee replacements, dental procedures, infertility treatments, any procedure that is usually not covered by insurance or has a long waiting time in their home country.
How can I trust the doctors and hospitals?
Our doctors are internationally recognized specialists in their fields. They are continually improving their knowledge, the latest research, studies, accompanying seminars around the world to exchange experiences, along with daily practice to treat thousands of patients with successful results. The private clinics and hospitals that we offer for your treatment operate by world-class standards. You do not need to worry about hygiene, room comfort, food quality, and so on.
Are these cost savings due to lower standards of medicine in Turkey?
Absolutely not, the Turkish medical standards match up to the highly prescribed international standards. The lower costs are due to favorable currency conversion rates and lower costs of operating in Turkey.
Why should I choose Turkey over other destinations?
Turkey has some of the most highly qualified and experienced physicians in the world. With a cultural emphasis on education, most of these physicians have gone on to super-specialized in their field, enabling them to become experts in their respective medical specialties. Further, most of the physicians that are in the ITEM network have had extensive hands-on training.
Are the hospitals in Turkey well equipped and up to international standards?
Turkey has several private hospitals that are designed to provide world-class medical care Turkey. These hospitals utilize some of the best medical equipment that is available worldwide.
Can I speak to the doctor before going on my trip?
ITEM will be happy to arrange a phone consultation with the corresponding physician in Turkey and ensure that all of your questions are answered. We provide this as part of our total package, as we want you to be totally comfortable with your decision to go to Turkey for your medical needs. You can also have your doctor consult with our doctors in Turkey.
After reaching Turkey, how do I go about my trip?
ITEM Relationship Manager will be with you every step of the way; from meeting you at the airport when you land in Turkey, to the moment, you leave to fly back home. Their sole function is to provide you with any assistance that you may need. They will ensure that transportation is arranged to and from your accommodation to the hospital. In addition, you will also be given a pre-paid cellular phone during your stay, so that you can contact your Relationship Manager or anyone else that you may want.
Can I travel as soon as my medical treatment is over?
Your physician in Turkey will make an assessment of your recovery and make a decision as to when it may be possible for you to travel.
HAIR TRANSPLANTATION is a procedure that should be done under the control of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Even though the hair transplantation procedure is performed under local anesthesia, doctor’s checkups and planning for operation are absolutely necessary.
A hair transplant is a straightforward process. The patient can go home or hotel right after the operation.
What is the cost savings compared to the costs in my country?
The potential cost savings for medical tourists are enormous and, as a result, are one of the more essential factors in seeking treatment in Turkey. It is important to note that the cost for each individual will vary depending on their need and requirements. Usually, an elective procedure such as a knee replacement would cost an average of $30,000 in the US. Whereas getting that same procedure done using similar quality parts in Turkey would require 70 – 80% less than the cost in the US, including the hospital stay, all processes, and physicians’ fees, and transportation to and from Turkey. The prices compared to the UK are similarly lower by about 75 – 85%. This is mainly possible because of favorable currency exchange rates.
Comparison of medical expenses in Turkey with Britain
From the table above (according to pricegraber.com), it can be concluded that medical tourists can save 50 to 60% on Turkish treatment compared to other Western countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, etc.
What are the steps of the process?
“DIAGNOSIS- TREATMENT- TRAVEL” DIAGNOSIS:
Before your treatment, we want you to fill out the “Form.” Sending your request to Elcid tour and we will send the Form) filling the form (is enough to get a medical second opinion). You will receive a comprehensive medical opinion report regarding your diagnostic and treatment options as soon as possible. After examining your data, our doctors determine the most appropriate treatment for you. After our consultant’s report approximate price, with your approval, the booking processes made by us. Thus, we introduce you to our doctors before you arrive in Turkey. After this process, you can consult our doctors about any subject. In this way, doctor-patient communication begins before your treatment, and when you arrive for surgery, your doctor can immediately start your treatment period.
Thanks to our methods, your treatment substantially could be determined. If your doctor thinks you need some tests, you will be informed, and you can take these tests either in Turkey or in your own country. The most significant advantage of this method is that you’ll learn the budget required for your treatment before you arrive in Turkey. Thus, there’ll be no surprise additional costs for you.
Travel to Istanbul for treatment:
We intend to provide you with the most comfortable treatment in more comfortable conditions. Our travel consultants have the experiences and best qualifications to make inside and outside organizations including taking you from home and taking you home if you request. We will make your transportation, accommodation, and hospital reservations before you arrive in Turkey. These reservation vouchers will be mailed to you before you arrive. When you arrive in Turkey, everything you need will be organized by us. Elcid tour offers you and your family travel opportunities.
If you need help selecting a doctor or need advice, just filling the form is enough. This form helps us understand your situation and respond more helpfully. We will forward your inquiry to an appropriate medical professional, and you will receive advice within a few days. You may use the same form to make follow-up inquiries. Sometimes we will schedule a phone conversation with you or your local physician or doctor if it will be needed.
Travel and Accommodation Organization
Before you come to Turkey for treatment, you can get your visa, and there is a “Medical Visa” in Visa options. If you want to get a Medical Visa, please, send your and your attendants’ passport information to our specialist (your country specialist in our hospital) who is in charge of you. Thus, you will be provided with an official letter that will be used during the visa application. Moreover, apart from using this letter in the visa application, you can also use it by presenting it to a fund or a ministry that is going to finance your treatment (if there are any). Besides, if you wish, in this scope, we can prepare and provide you with a separate letter. Typically, European citizens do not need a visa to enter Turkey, but special requests or letters, please inform us in advance.
When you decide to come to the hospital, our expert logistics team provides services for the visa process, transportation and reservations, hotel reservation providing competitive prices via our contracted hotels (welcome and farewell services are free of charge).
For assistance after your arrival, you should share with us the information below;
- Name-surname and passport information (including your attendants)
- Flight booking or ticket information
- Information about accommodation
- Preferred day and time you would like to have a consultation with your doctor
Assistance during the hospital stay period
Please make sure that you bring your passport and all medical documents with you before you come to Turkey and the hospital. This will help to speed up the treatment process and provide an opportunity for a more detailed examination. You can demand any help and support from your country specialist, who speaks in your mother tongue, before and after you come to the hospital. Moreover, you can also demand any help and support from an interpreter who assists you. Furthermore, you can/must ask any health-related questions to your doctor. If you have a language barrier, our interpreters will help you establish successful communication.
Assistance during/after discharge period
We offer you any support during/after the discharge period. The reports of your whole treatment process are kept in your archive file, the English translation of which will be provided to you during the discharge period. Therefore, do not forget to request the English translation of your medical documents from your country specialist or interpreter. According to your wish, the translated medical records can be provided directly to you or via your e-mail address. Moreover, after you are discharged from the hospital, you can demand any help and support from our specialists who are ready to assist you via e-mail or telephone.
Translation & Interpreting
We offer translation & interpreting services at our hospital in Istanbul. Our professional translators and interpreters use their mother/foreign language skills to provide invaluable services to patients, their families, and medical practitioners alike. Therefore, when you decide to travel to Turkey for diagnosis or treatment, do not worry about the communication barrier you may encounter on your arrival to Turkey. You have an opportunity to request an interpreter before you come to the hospital easily. Moreover, if you wish, all reports of your whole diagnosis & treatment process can be translated into any European language.
What are the pros and cons of medical tourism in the middle east?
Revenue: Turkey currently earns $ 4 billion annually from the health tourism industry. According to a survey, the number of medical tourists will increase to 2 million patients by 2023 and its revenue to $ 20 billion.
- Reputable International Hospitals: Turkey has the largest number of reputable JCI (International Joint Commission) hospitals. The hospital has 50 prestigious JCI hospitals located in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, and Adana. These hospitals provide treatment centers following international standards equivalent to EU countries. Some hospitals are also affiliated with top institutions such as the Johns Hopkins Institute, Harvard Medical Center, and so on.
- Shorter waiting times: The average waiting time for complex surgical procedures in Western countries is longer than in the European Union and the United States. For example, suppose the average waiting time for knee surgery in the European Union and the United States is 18 months. In that case, surgical treatment in Turkey takes only two weeks.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreign tourists has increased by 30% during the past decade. This has made Turkey one of the top 10 medical destinations in 2018.
- Medical Vacation: Turkey, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, offers many sightseeing destinations, including the Bosphorus cruise, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, and many more. Hence, it makes people discover Turkey with their surgical treatment.
- Competitive prices: As previously discussed, the average cost of treatment is 50-60% lower than in other Western countries such as the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Austria, Ireland, etc.
- Turkish culture and hospitality: Turkey has been a gateway between East and West. The hospitality of the Turkish people is quite famous.
- Turkish Airlines: Turkey is an easily accessible country due to all airlines operating from Turkey. After all, Turkish airlines operate mainly in Turkey. There are more than 300 daily flights to Turkey’s five major international airports.
Like any other country, Turkish medical tourism has its drawbacks, and they are:
- Lack of language: Because English is the international language spoken, medical staff in Turkish hospitals do not have English speaking skills.
- Medical records: Some hospitals do not keep documented files issued to medical tourists.
What health preparations should be made before entering other countries?
This section can be used by people who are moving to Turkey or planning a vacation in Turkey. However, if you plan to visit Turkey for medical treatment, you must bring the following documents:
Get a copy of your medical records from your doctor and translate it into Turkish.
Ask your medical consultant to make a list of prescribed medications with the appropriate medication name. If your doctor does not do this, it is the private doctors who will help you.
If you stay in Turkey, take all your prescribed medications for at least three to six months. If you are planning a vacation in Turkey, take the appropriate.
Cover your health insurance, whether you are traveling or staying as a tourist.
A valid passport and visa are required to enter Turkey. Depending on the destination country, visa requirements may vary, which can also be obtained from Turkish consulates in the origin country. For example, holders of Spanish passports must obtain an e-visa to enter Turkey. At the same time, South American countries do not require a visa to enter Turkey for up to 90 days.
What is a Medical visa for Turkey?
When you decide to have a treatment, your documents, which show your medical procedures, will be sent to you by our healthcare providers.
After preparing all the country’s documents to apply for a visa, and if the visa is not banned abroad, you will receive your medical visa for Turkey without any problems.
Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days before the trip.
Visa procedures are different for each country, so please visit http://www.mfa.gov.tr and read the visa requirements for your country for detailed information. For more details, you can contact the Turkish Embassy in your country.
How much is the Visa Fee for Turkey?
- For UK citizens, ten €
- For citizens of the United States and Australia; $ 20 / € 15
- For Canadian citizens; $ 60 / € 45
- For some EU citizens, 10 euros
- For New Zealand citizens; Free
- Visas are multi-entry and are valid for two months. Every passport holder, including children, must obtain a permit.
List of countries that can enter Turkey without a visa:
Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Honduras, Iran, Israel, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Morocco, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Belarus, Belize, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Moldova, Monaco, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Christopher Nevis, St. Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Chile, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Jordan, Vatican, Venezuela, New Zealand
Is there any payment plan?
Unfortunately, as we work commission-based, there are no payment plans and we should follow the clinic rules and principles in this matter. Normally, you pay 10% to 20% of the costs before you got to the destination and the rest would be paid after your arrival.
Can I make a contact with the hospital directly?
As we are in contact with several hospitals, you can not connect to the clinics unless you accept our first proposal.
Is flight included in my service?
The original proposal does not include flight. However, we can book the flight tickets for you upon your request.