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  1. Follow My Anchor
    April 23, 2019 @ 5:44 pm

    I have been to Turkey a few times but I have never realized that is a top 10 medical destination. It’s great that in Turkey the waiting time for surgery is only 2 weeks. I’m totally with you with the Turkish food. One of my favorite. I wish I could get some baklavas right now. And they can totally be a sweet relief for people who travel to Turkey for medical reason. Your post is very informative and interesting.

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:28 pm

      Thank you, I’m really glad to hear you could learn a few new things from this post 🙂

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  2. Emily
    April 23, 2019 @ 5:48 pm

    Wow, this way a very interesting article to read! I had no idea the fees were that much lower. This really made me think!

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:29 pm

      Thank you, Emily and I’m glad to hear you liked this post.

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  3. Sareen
    April 23, 2019 @ 7:53 pm

    That’s one of the most interesting articles on medical tourism in Turkey. Always wanted to visit Turkey, such a culturally enriched place, and this post opens up a new side of the country to me. Well done!

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:29 pm

      Thank you, Sareen and I hope you get the chance to visit Turkey someday 🙂

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  4. Paulina Rubia
    April 23, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

    I have been to Turkey only once but I never knew that it would be such an uprising medical destination. I heard about it in German TV, but I didn’t know that so many people would actually go. I love the part on Turkish food! I am obsessed with it.

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

      Indeed, Paulina- this is a field that keeps increasing and generates more and more revenue for Turkey

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  5. Elizabeth
    April 23, 2019 @ 11:10 pm

    I never really thought of medical tourism as a thing. I knew people want abroad sometimes for medical care, but I never considered that it could be a vacation as well. It makes sense though. I know coming from the USA, that if you don’t have medical coverage through your work it is very expensive. Better to spend your money traveling and get medical care than the same amount for just medical care! Very interesting post, I will have to consider this in the future 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:31 pm

      Absolutely, Elizabeth and this post is mostly for people from countries like the US where you can literally travel abroad for a medical treatment and have a vacation for less money than what the treatment would cost in their native countries 🙂

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  6. Leah
    April 24, 2019 @ 12:21 am

    I really loved reading this post! I have heard of medical tourism but haven’t met anyone personally who has done it (that I know of). It is shocking how inexpensive surgeries can be compared to the high prices in developed countries. This was really fascinating!

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:32 pm

      Thank you, Leah and I’m really glad to hear you could learn a few new things from this post.

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  7. Jane Dempster-Smith
    April 24, 2019 @ 5:24 am

    I never realised that Turkey was a well thought of medical tourism country. We visit Thailand always for dental it is much cheaper than Australia but had never thought of Turkey. We love visiting Turkey and spent a month there back in 2013. It is now tempting to return after reading your article. We will spread the word.

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:33 pm

      Thank you, Jane and I’m glad you could learn some new things about medical tourism in Turkey 🙂

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  8. Amrita
    April 24, 2019 @ 12:32 pm

    I had always known Turkey to be a great tourist destination but did not know that it had such great medical facilities. It was good to know about it and also about it being a geothermal country. I would probably not visit Turkey for medical treatment, but would definitely visit it for all the other reasons. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      April 25, 2019 @ 4:53 pm

      Thank you, Amrita- I’m glad you liked this post and I hope you get the chance to visit Turkey in the future.

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  9. Sana
    April 24, 2019 @ 2:49 pm

    Wow I had no idea people went to Turkey for procedures. Also whoever thought of surgery & medical vacation is genius. Why not go to a beautiful country and enjoy it while you get the surgery done? My family is from Pakistan and I have aunts and uncles who have gotten surgeries in Pakistan but I wouldn’t trust that. This is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing!

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    • dankiteski
      April 25, 2019 @ 4:54 pm

      Indeed it is, Sana and I hope you get the chance to visit Turkey soon (and not for medical reasons :))

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  10. Rachelle
    April 24, 2019 @ 5:08 pm

    This is definitely a new concept for me to learn about. I knew that some people traveled to different countries for certain medical procedures, but I had no idea that it was as significant a number as you presented. I can definitely see the appeal for traveling to Turkey with the cost and wait times being significantly lower than in the US or EU.

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    • dankiteski
      April 25, 2019 @ 4:54 pm

      Thank you, Rachelle- I’m glad you could learn a few new things from this post.

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  11. Candy
    April 25, 2019 @ 3:18 am

    I had no idea that medical tourism was rising in Turkey. It’s sad that people have to travel to other countries to receive quality care at affordable prices. I wish there were quality and affordable care for everyone in their home country. Until then medical tourism will keep on rising.

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    • dankiteski
      April 25, 2019 @ 4:58 pm

      It sure is, Candy and I think it will rise even more in the next few years. It is a bit sad that people have to travel for surgeries but I don’t find medical tourism as a necessarily bad thing, on the contrary- it opens up opportunities for people that aren’t able to/can’t afford treatment in their own country.

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  12. Lisa
    April 25, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    The only thing I knew about Turkey being a medical destination was sadly from a woman who died from cosmetic surgery there. These tragedies can happen everywhere of course. I’d just like myself to visit the country! I’m hoping to get there this year, and will hopefully see these places!

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  13. Nicole Hunter
    April 25, 2019 @ 7:59 pm

    On the one hand, it is strange to read about how nice the weather is or great excursions as a reason for why a country is high on the list for medical tourism. For me, I would only be concerned about how good the doctors were and the cost. But, I guess if you have other countries competing for the same dollars, and you have equally good medical care, then turning to the weather and what you can do while you are recuperating would be important considerations. Thanks for the interesting read.

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    • dankiteski
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:22 am

      It actually is important for the recovery process and a lot of people choose destinations that can help them recover faster. The surrounding and the atmosphere is indeed an important factor, even though not the most important one (obviously).

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  14. Suman D
    April 26, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

    I am from India, and I have seen first hand how medical tourism has boomed here over the last two decades. As compared to developed nations, services are cheaper here and the quality of treatment is one of the best. It’s good to know that Turkey is also in that league. And how nice to get a discount on flight tickets.

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    • dankiteski
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Absolutely, Suman. I stayed in India for a year and I can confirm that. Turkey is indeed, in the same league and the government has been doing whatever it can to support medical tourism in the country.

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  15. umiko
    April 27, 2019 @ 4:17 am

    This is the first time I heard about Turkey as a medical destination. Reading through the prices, no wonder people are flying into Turkey for medical procedures. If I have to go there for this reason, I will still look into hospitals that are recommended by the expats living there.

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    • dankiteski
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:32 am

      Absolutely, that’s important Umiko but as I mentioned, Turkey has more than 50 JCI-accredited hospitals, which is a really high number and all of these have state-of-the-art equipment and very qualified personnel.

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