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Turkey generates an annual income of $ 2.5 billion in health tourism, which is of great importance for diversifying its tourism. However, according to the studies conducted, Turkey can take a very large share of the $ 100 billion health tourism market in the world. “While beauty and aesthetics were mostly preferred during the pandemic period, now cancer, heart patients, eye patients, IVF patients also prefer our country,” Turkey Medicals said. Confidence in Turkey is very high because it has a good system and Turkish doctors,” was said.

Recently, Turkey has been on the offensive in tourism. While there has been a rapid increase in the number of foreign tourists, the previous day the Port of Galataport in Istanbul was designated as the main port by a foreign cruise ship. In tourism, both the number of tourists and revenues are being in to increase with successive promotional activities. One after another breakthroughs are also being made in diversifying tourism.

Experts point out that Turkey may be the only country in the world that has a say in health tourism. Turkey, which serves tourists from abroad, especially in areas such as hair transplantation and aesthetics, has also started hosting larger surgeries in transplants in recent years. It is stated that health tourism revenues, which are currently $ 2.5 billion, may increase further with the studies conducted in this field. Turkey Minister of Culture and Tourism also stated recently that the income from health tourism in Turkey, could reach the level of 30 billion dollars.


Turkey Medicals, who announced that the diversity of cases and countries has increased in health tourism unlike other times this year, said: “The number of beds should be increased to meet the growing demand. Service provision should be made in different branches. Currently, Turkey’s income from health tourism is 2 – 2.5 billion dollars. If the capacity is not increased, the revenue will be no more than 3.5 billion dollars. We also cause patients who want to come to go to different countries,” was said.

Drawing attention to the aftermath of the pandemic, Turkey Medicals told, “There was a significant increase in patients after the pandemic, both due to the sudden emergence of deferred health requests, and because Turkey managed the process better than other European countries. This time, unlike other times, the variety of cases and countries has increased. A wide range of patient requests have come to Turkey from all known countries of the world through travel agencies, the Internet, patient experience, the work of institutions that go there or government agreements. The variety of services has increased. While beauty and aesthetics were mostly preferred during the pandemic period, now cancer, heart patients, eye patients, IVF patients also prefer our country.

Trust in Turkey is very high because it has a good system and doctors. If the request is not met, these patients will flee. Because we’re not the only ones doing this. There is Malaysia, there is Jordan, there is Germany. We can count the names of many more countries. It’s a very difficult task to bring patients. Almost an army is trying to bring and please.”


“The private sector has 50 thousand beds, only 7-8 thousand of these beds can be used in health tourism,” said Turkey Medicals, who said that they want to get public support to meet the growing demand. there are 575 private hospitals, but there are 100 private hospitals that will do medical tourism. In order for these hospitals to become suitable for health tourism, they need to grow, be renovated and branch additions are required so that employment is also created. We also offer services to our domestic patient. The support of the Turkish Ministry of Health is needed. This will also prevent doctors from going abroad. More foreign currency will enter the country. First of all, it will contribute a lot to employment,” Turkey Medicals said.


Noting that today there are 1 million 200 thousand medical workers in Turkey, of which 200 thousand are doctors, Turkey Medicals said, “The development of medical tourism will increase the number of medical staff (doctors who open offices can be added, travel abroad decreases), as well as the motivation of medical staff increases. 5 years ago, the bed capacity was also about 5 thousand. At the moment it is 7-8 thousand. So there hasn’t been a big increase in speed. However, with the money we earn from health tourism, we have a chance to take better care of the Turkish people. After all, we finance the domestic patient with these funds,” was said.


Prior to pandemic the first 10 patients was Syria, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Libya, Turkmenistan, Russia, Germany, Iran and Georgia.

While sorting pandemic, the first 10 is Syria, Iraq, Germany, Libya, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and United Kingdom, as changed.

Turkey Medicals – there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of patients from Germany.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

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

Physician's Resume:

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 .

Professional Members:

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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