New agency USHAS to promote Turkey health tourism abroad

The Turkish parliament has approved the establishment of the state-owned International Health Services (USHAS) to promote the country’s health tourism abroad.

The Turkish parliament has approved a bill to establish the International Health Services (USHAS), an institution with the goal of helping Ankara regulate and promote the country’s health sector. The USHAS plans to present the services and opportunities provided by the Turkish medical sector to the international community. It also co-ordinates the operations of both public and private medical organisations and supports them.

According to TRT World, the chairman of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), Firuz Baglikaya, has said the aim is to increase the number of health tourists visiting Turkey to two million under the country’s Vision 2023 plan.

USHAS will be operated by the Health Ministry, but of its shares will belong to the Treasury and Finance Ministry.