Medical care in medical centres and hospital in Turkey is provided by board-certified physicians, many of who have previously trained in top U.S. or European medical programs. The quality of care is equal, and in many cases far superior, to that available in the UK. Most doctors speak English fluently, with private hospitals in the tourist areas having many English speaking staff.
The cost of medical care is lower than in the UK due to the lower cost of living, lower staff and doctor’s fees and cheaper medication. In addition, the cost of medical care is lower because there is significantly less administration and paperwork. The vast majority of private patients in Turkey pay the doctor or medical centre directly. Unlike the UK, there is no administrative paperwork associated with insurance claims or approval of care for private patients in these countries. The cost of medication and treatment, including dentistry, is typically about half the price of the UK and “medical tourism” is a growing trend with patients travelling from the UK and Western Europe in increasing numbers for dentistry, fertility treatment, cosmetic surgery and other surgical and medical treatments.