More health tourists, but lower spend for Turkey

In 2018, Turkey attracted over 0.5m health tourists, but they are spending significantly less on average compared to 2016, according to figures from The Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) and the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).

TÜRSAB has said that the average health/medical tourist to Turkey spent US$2,500 on average in 2018, compared to US$2,000 in 2016. This is however still three times what the average tourist spends. According TurkStat, the number of health tourists to Turkey in 2018 was 551,748.

Understanding medical tourism numbers to Turkey is difficult. TurkStat figures are often quoted as medical tourist numbers, but that is misleading as they include medical tourism (treatment and surgery in hospitals and clinics), spa tourism, thermal tourism (rehabilitation and rest in thermal facilities), hair transplants, dental care, cosmetic surgery and even elderly and disabled tourism (long-term stays).