Hair and Teeth Turkey’s Growing Medical Tourism Industry

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Turkey has emerged as a significant player in the global medical tourism industry, attracting individuals seeking cosmetic treatments, particularly for hair and dental procedures. Akon, the Senegalese-American musician, recently highlighted Turkey's reputation in these areas, emphasizing its growing popularity among medical tourists.

USHAŞ, the Turkish international health services organization, reported that in 2021, over 670,000 people traveled to Turkey for healthcare, contributing to a robust medical tourism sector valued at over $1.7 billion. Key services accessed by foreign patients include gynecology, internal medicine, eye care, and cosmetic treatments.

The economic appeal of Turkey for cosmetic procedures is substantial. Akon shared that his hair transplant, a common procedure drawing medical tourists to Turkey, cost $7,500, a fraction of the estimated $50,000 expense in the US. notes that many cosmetic procedures in Turkey are approximately half the cost compared to the UK or US.

Dental tourism, particularly in cosmetic dentistry, is a notable aspect of Turkey's medical tourism. Veneers, considered a more affordable option in Turkey, contribute to the country's allure. While veneers in the US can range from $300 to $4,000 per tooth, Turkey offers prices starting at $80 per tooth, according to medical tourism site Bookimed.

However, individuals contemplating medical tourism should be cognizant of potential risks. The UK's National Health Service warns against flying shortly after surgery, highlighting increased risks of blood clots, particularly for procedures involving the hips or knees. Moreover, post-travel complications have been reported, necessitating treatment from local medical services. Despite these considerations, Turkey's medical tourism industry continues to thrive, offering cost-effective options for individuals seeking cosmetic enhancements.


1- Which organization reported the number of people who traveled to Turkey for healthcare in 2021?

2- What are the key services sought by foreign patients in Turkey according to the text?

3- What potential complication is highlighted in the text for individuals traveling after surgery?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.