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The healthcare system in Turkey

With a high level of expertise in Turkey’s private clinics and hospitals, doctors, dentists and surgeons are trained to the same high standards as the rest of Europe. The clinics and surgeries are modern and clean with state of the art equipment. What’s more, Turkey’s private dental facilities and clinics offer an affordable solution in a vacation-like environment.  This, in itself induces a more positive result as guests immediately feel more relaxed about the treatment they are undertaking.

The healthcare system is quite complicated for residents, with many care plans and regulations. The Turkish system is a type of national health service, with all provision made for each person in Turkey, regardless of income. The hospital system is coordinated by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

The private sector in Turkey is strong and thriving and has better facilities and equipment than state-run hospitals and clinics. Most private hospitals that welcome medical tourists are in the capital, Istanbul, the city where east meets west and Izmir the third largest city in Turkey on the Aegean coast, conveniently located for accommodation, shopping and sightseeing.

Guests staying in Izmir, for example, can enjoy a few days relaxing on Çesme or Kusadasi beaches before/after treatment or take in some of the remains of ancient civilisations with a trip to Ephesus or the classical City of Pergamum.  In Istanbul they can soak up the atmosphere in the old city are where churches, mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars abound.

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