Of the private hospitals group in Turkey whose share of the sector has halved in the past 10 years, another 30 have locked their doors in the past year. Turkish private hospitals turn to health tourism to stop blood loss.

The Turkey private hospitals market, which is an important pillar of the Turkish health sector, has been shrinking for the last 10 years. That share of private hospitals, which had a 27% share of the healthcare market in 2011, has fallen to 13 percent in 2019. In the market, which shrank by 6-7 percent in 2019, only 30 hospitals locked their doors in 2019. For this reason, 20 thousand health workers are unemployed. It is emphasized that the biggest factor in the rapid contraction of the sector is that the share paid by the public to private hospitals remains at the same rate for 10 years. Private hospitals in Turkey, which reflect increased costs in medical prices when their share of the public decreased, therefore experienced a loss of patients with SSI. While this problem continues in the sector, a decrease in the number of patients who have recently come with private health insurance has been added to this. A 20-25 percent increase in private health insurance policies reduces the rates of those who take out these policies, while the loss of patients due to this reaches 20 percent.


According to Turkey Medicals’s news in the world; especially in Group A and B, luxury hospitals give weight to health tourism to overcome the problem experienced in the sector. But hospitals in the B segment, which attract SKG patients with weight, are the group that has the most closure problems because they cannot make this discovery. The market rate on problems of private hospitals and health organizations say private health insurance policies for the last 15-20 years of stuck between 2.5-3 million. “It will keep the hospital afloat as 3 million still is an important figure as insured persons. Insurance companies have made higher-than-inflation gains in policies. While the price of Istanbul Medical Hospitals has increased by 13.8 percent, unfortunately private health insurance premiums increased by more than 20-25 percent,” was said. Because of the cost of living, people make their first savings on their private insurance in Turkey, so they only experienced a loss of about 20 percent of patients at the beginning of the year.


All private hospitals in Turkey are connected to Turkish government social security SGK in accordance with the agreement made in either emergencies or all branches “But they have to provide this service with Health Practice Communiques (SUT) Prices that have never increased for 10 years, and because people’s incomes are declining, they are turning to Turkish public hospitals, “Turkey Medicals made the statement, “Because the insurance contribution has never increased, private hospitals expenses have remained above inflation. In addition, due to the increase in energy costs, there is a serious problem in the sector,” was said.” Therefore, there is a contraction in both Group A and Group B and Group C hospitals. “There were 567 hospitals in the market. In 2019, 30 of these hospitals closed. Because of this, more than 20 thousand health workers were unemployed,” was said.


The Board Of Directors Of Private Hospitals Dr. said that “When the private hospital sector in Turkey began to serve the Turkish citizens, a constant problem became to start, and added “As such, price competition began especially in the provision of Health Services, which should never have happened,” continued, “30 per cent of luxury hospitals revenues come from health tourism in Turkey.”

The closures in medical centers were too much due to the problems experienced, also stated that hospitals under 100 beds were too affected by these economic developments, who said that hospitals in Group A and B are turning to health tourism to overcome losses, noted that 30 percent of the revenue of hospitals in the luxury segment is now provided by health tourism. Although the overall share of the number of foreign patients is 10 percent, their share in income is high, said, adding spa health tourism, the sector’s income from health tourism is between $ 1.5 billion and $ 2 billion. In addition, the private sector is going to Social Security Hospitals to offer organ transplants, heart surgeries, newborn intensive care treatment.


Turkey Medicals warned that if the SSI does not increase prices in 2021, the sector’s closing rate will deepen, while the contraction will exceed 10 percent, noted that if the process continues like this, private hospitals will become an institution that serves only a certain audience.


Private hospitals who work in intensive care areas, newborn intensive care and many areas that cannot be noticed with the mandatory orientation of the public in the provinces where the city hospitals are located. But in cities where public city hospitals are opened, ‘112’ emergency patients are primarily referred to public hospitals if there is no place here to private hospitals, was said, “There is such a system that is not directly declared, but works within the institution. This in turn will negatively affect private hospitals that have invested in this area.”


As the market for private sector hospitals and health institutions continues to shrink, on the one hand, there is a license restriction for those who want to grow by opening new hospitals and laboratories. Due to lack of human resources in the public sector, a restriction on the purchase of licenses of private hospitals was introduced by the planning regulation. As a result, private hospitals were not given much opportunity to develop themselves. But if their physical sense or cash situation is appropriate, it is possible for them to create new branches by purchasing a license. “We are in a period when licenses are priced in this way,” Turkey Medicals noting that there have also been changes in hands between hospitals due to the difficulty of obtaining new licenses. Chairman of the board of Directors Laboratory said: “It is not possible to stand in Istanbul with the service capacities of 10 years ago. Many districts were formed. But despite this, the legislation does not allow us to open a new one,” was said.

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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

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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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