Medipol targets foreigners living in Turkey

Turkish hospital group, Medipol, has launched health services for foreigners living in Turkey under its social responsibility programme.

Medipol provides services to more than 35,000 health tourists from 115 countries annually, mainly from the USA, Europe, the Balkan region, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and other Turkic Republics, the Middle East and Africa.

With the new project, the hospital will offer all the services available to health tourists to foreigners residing in Turkey at an affordable cost.

The hospital conducted a study on foreigners living in Turkey. It found that a large proportion of this patient group cannot access a service in their own language. Medipol is now offering this group access to their international team of 250 people and the service it offers in 33 different languages.

The hospital will not count this patient group as medical tourists.

According to government data, a total of 1.24 million foreigners live in Turkey with a residence permit, including students and employees of many companies. The figure includes 90,898 with student residence permit, 90,000 with family residence permit and 146,709 with other residence permits.

645,978 foreign nationals reside in Istanbul,  and while some of these people benefit from health insurance just like Turkish citizens with the Social Security Institution, most of them do not have it.

Medipol University Hospital in Istanbul is Turkey’s largest private health investment in a University hospital complex incorporating general, cardiovascular surgery, oncology and dental hospitals. It has 470 beds.