medical hubs of Türkiye
İstanbul, homeland of numerous civilizations for centuries which serves as the bridge linking Europe and Asia, is known as the health tourism capital of Türkiye. The city has countless facilities and infrastructure for health tourism including medical tourism, thermal and spa wellness, and tourism for elderly and disabled people. There are 220 hospitals in İstanbul including 141 private, 17 university, 62 public hospitals. There are also 4 modern city hospitals in İstanbul. All private and public hospitals employ foreign language speaking personnel well-informed about health tourism. Besides, historical and cultural heritages and nearby towns like Sapanca and Kartepe attract foreign patients who come to İstanbul for health tourism purposes. Patients who receive a treatment or have surgeries, stay one more week in Türkiye for holiday. The increase in number of tourists in recent years, prove Türkiye’s potential in this sense. Turkish Airlines, a Turkish brand, has direct flights to İstanbul form numerous destinations in the world, which provides advantages for tourists.
Ankara, the capital of Türkiye, is in a critical position in terms of private and public hospital investments. Being the capital city, is known as the capital of politics and welcomes countless tourists. The city has a remarkable potential with a strong infrastructure, rich minerals, 55 public hospitals and 33 private hospitals. Thermal springs provide all-year health tourism opportunity for domestic and foreign tourists.
Antalya is a city blessed with natural and historical beauties; geographical location, all-year mild climate and accessibility of which offers convenient conditions for accommodation of sick, old and disabled people all the year round. Therefore, the city occupies an important position in health tourism in addition to winter tourism, sports tourism, congress and fair tourism. Especially in recent years, Antalya has come to the forefront with high capacity facilities in terms of bed and service, well-educated doctors and healthcare personnel speaking foreign language, qualified but low-cost service compared to other countries.
Bursa, with vast number of high-quality healing water resources, takes place on the top among our cities which play important role in health tourism and other forms of tourism. With a total number of 87 hospitals including 15 public hospitals, it is among pioneering cities in health tourism. Bursa has become a touristic city with thermal springs, natural and historical beauties, and healing waters preferred by tourists all the year round. The city has countless number of water resources in the city center as well as its districts. Most of them are worldwide known thermal springs which were used by emperors during Roman period and by sultans during the Ottoman period. Bursa, famous for enormous number of geothermal resources since ancient times, continues the tradition of thermal bath which reached our day through thermal springs and Ottoman hammams.
Adana has many advantages and a strong potential to become a health tourism destination with its values extending back a long time and its current infrastructure in terms of medicine. Besides
the city is located at the center of an important territory and its hinterland is appealing to nearby settlements and the population in South Eastern and Eastern Anatolia regions which are considerably important references in terms of health tourism. Another significant point is that there are remarkable certified institutions in the city providing high-quality service.
Mersin is a destination for a modest, affordable, and proper holiday on the southern coast of Türkiye which is a melting pot of civilizations drawing attention with a large number of historical, religious, ancient and cultural assets. The city has a great potential for health tourism both with beaches and qualified patient beds. The city hospital and private hospitals in the city carries out remarkable works for health tourism.
Kayseri is located at the center of Türkiye in terms of transportation. Kayseri has become the homeland of a great number of civilizations throughout history full of historical and natural beauties. The city has a remarkable infrastructure in terms of medicine. Gevher Nesibe Şifahiyesi and Madrassah built in 1206, known as the first medical faculty in history, is in Kayseri. Kayseri, preserving its medicinal genes coming from the past, is an important center of medicine like 800 years before.
Today Kayseri has a city hospital with a capacity of 1607 beds, which is one of the best equipped hospitals in our country, and Health Tourism certified health centers with a capacity of 3748 beds.
There are countless number of thermal spring facilities around Kayseri.
Edirne is in an important location for health tourism thanks to its geographical location. The city has 5 border gates establishing highway and railway connections with Europe. Kapıkule and Hamzabeyli border gates are at the Bulgaria border. Kapıkule border gate is the biggest highway and railway gate of Türkiye. Besides, İpsala ve Pazarkule border gates are at the Greece border and have significant role in city’s economy. Edirne has been the capital of the Ottoman Empire for 92 year, thus has important historical and cultural assets.