Medical tourism is the travel of people to another country for the
purpose of obtaining medical treatment in that country. Despite of
the fact that traditionally, people would travel from less-developed
countries to major medical centers in highly developed countries
for medical treatment,the recent trend is for people to travel from
developed countries to other countries where medical treatments
are cheaper and faster.
Another reason for travel for medical treatment is that some
treatments may not be legal in the home country, such as some
fertility procedures.Some people travel to obtain medical surgeries,
some go abroad for dental tourism or fertility tourism.
Complex procedures such as cardiovascular surgery, brain surgery, organ transpantations, orthopedic joint replacements, pancreatic cancer surgeries may result in costing 70%- 80% less comparing to what they would cost in North America and Europe. Other procedures for which patients travel to Turkey are medical hematological and radiation oncology, cyberknife, kidney dialysis, dental treatments and fertility operations, eye operations, plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries.
Thermal springs have been discovered very long time ago as a an effective way of treatment for many diseases; especially skin releated ones. Now it has become more than just being an alternative way of treatment only, but also the one of the most effective and low-cost treatments to cure many diseases.
Turkey is a highly attractive destination when it comes to thermal tourism, with its over 240 thermal spring facilities in 46 different cities. This only makes Turkey a sort of thermal tourism paradise whose thermal springs' effectiveness on health has been approved scientifically.
Geriatrics is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly
people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating
diseases and disabilities in older adults. Geriatric and disabled
patients are mostly adviced to have hydrotheraphy by their
doctors since it is one of the most secure and healthiest ways
of treating certain types of diseases.
Hydrotherapy is much more effective when it is done in a warm
sea water, and this fact also makes Turkey one of the most
attractive destinations for geriatrics and disabled tourism with 3
different seas that surround the country (Marmara, Eagean,
Mediterranean Seas). In addition to that, Turkey is able to offer more
with its thousands of well-equipped 4 and 5-star hotels that offer a great deal of comfort, and hundreds of blue flagged beaches surrounding the the peninsula.