Turkey.. $1.7 billion in medical tourism revenues


Turkey achieved one billion and 700 million dollars in medical tourism revenues during the first nine months of the current year 2023.

This came in a speech by Turkish Trade Minister Omer Polat on Thursday during the opening of the ETHEXPO Eurasia Tourism and Health Exhibition, which was organized in Istanbul within the framework of the activities of the 10th International Halal Expo and the 9th World Halal Summit.

Polat pointed out that Turkey during the era of the Justice and Development Party (21 years ago) established about a thousand hospitals, in addition to 25 medical cities that were established or are still under construction.

He stressed that “Turkey has become an important health base for the world during the last ten years.”


He explained that 1.2 million people came from outside the country to Turkey in 2022 and received health care.

He continued: “Compared to 2012, the number has increased 5 times, and these services have brought 2 billion and 100 million dollars in foreign exchange to our country.”

He stated that the first nine months of this year witnessed one million and 30 thousand people coming to Turkey to receive health care, “and one billion and 700 million dollars were earned from medical tourism revenues.”

In another context, Polat pointed out that the share of trade exchange with countries of the Islamic world in total Turkish trade was 11 percent 20 years ago, and last year it reached 26 percent, stressing that their goal is to raise it to 35 percent by 2028.