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Republic of Turkey Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, “So far $ 14.5 billion dollars, we have revenue from health tourism, we do not see it enough. We think it is possible to increase this 5-fold in medical tourism until 2025.” said.

Minister Koca, release Turkey Medicals, Anadolu Agency (AA) editorial desk, he made statements about the agenda, and answered our questions.

“Is the point reached in health tourism enough? Which country’s citizens prefer Turkey in this area?”on a question, Koca said that most citizens of Azerbaijan, Iraq, Georgia, Germany and Russia came to Turkey for health tourism.
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Koca stated that qualified services are offered to the arrivals in many areas, especially oncology, eye, neurosurgery and radiotherapy, and emphasized that the private sector has a large share in health tourism services.

One of the biggest advantages of Turkey in the field of health tourism, the geography in which it is located is striking Koca, 4 hours of flight distance 1.5 billion people can be reached, this population is the mass of the middle-upper income level, he said.

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Koca, health tourism as a very strategic goal by reporting that they see, continued:

“We are at a serious point with both our physical conditions, the technologies we use, and the human resources we have. I think that with the introduction of our city hospitals, the public will come to a different point in health tourism. That’s why we’re talking about a lot of centers of excellence. So far, we have 1.5 billion dollars, revenue from health tourism, we do not consider it enough. We think it is possible to increase this 5-fold in medical tourism until 2025. For this purpose, we want to have a period that uses the accumulation of the entire country without regard to the separation of public-private-university and makes it a state policy, and whips it with the power of the public.”

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“I believe that where we come from can be moved to higher places”

A new public company has been established and this company is capable of working with the dynamics of the private sector, Koca stressed, continued his words as follows:

“Here, all the services of the private sector, public centers of excellence and our universities will be stored on the portal. A system in which it is also clear which services it gives at what price. In areas of intensive patient flow controls and monitoring to follow up the patient after the intervention there when you need to when health institutions are the subject of medical tourism, which has done none of the countries with the share I’m talking about a process, both in terms of accessibility and direct satisfaction and confidence is very important, I think. We are entering a period where we are more dynamic, more active and we want this health tourism to be whipped up and folded in some way without making a public-private distinction, where our state facilities are also involved.”
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Koca, Turkey health tourism in the field of the public will do a lot of work, especially the introduction of city hospitals and the presence of advanced technology, the scale of the private sector can be done by expressing services, he said:

“It may be hair transplantation and so on, but we want to enter into a busy period by making agreements with states and public and private insurance companies at a higher level, such as organ transplantation, cancer treatment, radiotherapy. I’m not exaggerating, there is no other country in the world that offers the health services that we offer at these prices. In Germany, the price of MR ranging from 250-500 euros, the price of milk in Turkey is 61 pounds. The numbers of our bypass surgeries are incomparable to the world. The cheapest is even cheaper than India. It’s not because we use lower models, lower models, more inadequate technology. On the contrary, the highest technology is used, there are environments where the best physical conditions are formed, we have the most human resources that make the most interventions safely. Therefore, we are very preferred. I believe that where we come from can be moved to higher places. We have to do this.”

Koca stated that they are in dialogue with the Ministry of Culture and tourism to intensify the packages offered in health tourism, and that they care about opening offices in the countries that are targeted in this area.

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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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