The Turkish government has invested millions of liras in its health sector in recent years, a sector that also attracts foreigners and contributes millions to medical tourism. The latest figures from the medical tourism industry are expected to surpass 2019 figures, according to industry representatives. 

The head of the Dental Supplies Industry and Businessmen Association (DİŞSİAD), Erkan Öşar, said that the number of foreigners chosen by Turkey for dental treatment has reached 100,000, and this number is set to rise as the world is liberated from some restrictions of the Corona virus.

“We expect an increase of at least 15 percent,” Ochar added in a statement issued by the association.

Turkey has made significant investments in medical tourism over the past 10 years, and the sector’s average five-year growth performance has been around 25 percent, according to Ochar.

Despite the downward trend during the year 2020 in which the pandemic hits all over the world, Ochar expects the sector to gain momentum now with the launch of the vaccine and the resumption of international flights.

“We expect transaction volumes to exceed 2019 figures in 2023,” Ochar said.

Pointing out that Turkey has many advantages in medical tourism, he said, “Being a tourist country, with advanced technologies, trained dentists, and price advantages, these are all reasons why our country is preferred,” adding that cosmetic fillings, whitening treatments, implants, orthodontics and plates Aesthetics and smile beautification are the leading treatments that attract the most clients.

Ochar added, “Technological developments during the past ten years in the field of dentistry and the rapid adaptation made by our dentists to new and advanced technologies have pushed our dental field to the fore all over the world,” noting that about 90 percent of patients receiving treatment In Turkey they are satisfied with their treatments, and the country has set its goal of health tourism at $10 billion. 

The size of the dental field in Turkey is expected to reach 2.5 billion dollars.

Ochar said that the European Union alone allocates $75 billion for oral and dental health, and when you add what the Gulf regions, Russia and Turkey achieve to that, it becomes understandable how important medical tourism and dental tourism are in our exports.

Istanbul, the capital Ankara, southern Antalya, western Izmir, northwestern Yalova, and Eastern Erzurum came at the forefront of medical tourism, while Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, and southwestern Mugla came at the forefront of dental treatment specifically.

Turkey ranks among the top 10 countries around the world in the field of health tourism, while Forbes expects this sector to witness the largest growth performance over the next five years.