Hair and Teeth Turkey’s Growing Medical Tourism Industry

Level 1 Level 3
İngilizce Öğren LingoVivo News

Turkey is emerging as a key destination for medical tourism, drawing attention for cosmetic procedures like hair transplants and dental work. Renowned musician Akon recently highlighted Turkey's reputation for "hair and teeth" as he shared his experience of getting a hair transplant in the country.

According to the Turkish international health services organization USHAŞ, more than 670,000 individuals traveled to Turkey for healthcare in 2021, contributing to a medical tourism industry valued at over $1.7 billion. The top services sought by foreign patients include gynecology, internal medicine, eye care, and cosmetic treatments.

Cost is a significant factor propelling the growth of medical tourism in Turkey. Akon disclosed that his hair transplant, a popular procedure among those visiting Turkey, cost $7,500, significantly less than the estimated $50,000 in the US. notes that many cosmetic procedures in Turkey are roughly half the cost compared to the UK or US.

Cosmetic dentistry is also a notable draw for medical tourists, with veneers being more affordable in Turkey. For instance, while veneers in the US can range from $300 to $4,000 per tooth, in Turkey, prices start at $80 per tooth, according to medical tourism site Bookimed.

Despite the cost advantages, individuals considering medical tourism should be aware of potential risks associated with travel after surgery. The UK's National Health Service warns that flying shortly after surgery, especially involving the hips or knees, can increase the risk of blood clots. Additionally, there have been reports of patients facing complications upon returning home, necessitating treatment from local medical services.


1- According to Akon, how much did his hair transplant procedure cost in Turkey?

2- Besides hair transplants, what other cosmetic procedure is mentioned as being more affordable in Turkey?

3- What caution is mentioned regarding travel after surgery in the context of medical tourism?


You have completed the comprehension questions. 

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