It is reported that 14 million people per year travel across international borders for the purpose of receiving medical care. The number of health travelers increases year after year. Some of the studies indicate size of medical tourism market is about USD 45-75 billion and some of them almost 100 billion.
Conceptual Framework of Medical Tourism show, that people travel cross border to get healthcare service with the institutional, social, economic and technologic reasons to overcome finance and coverage issues and to get better quality health service faster.
“2023 Vision of Turkey”, 10th Development Plan of Turkish Parliament and Strategic Plans of Ministry of Health of Turkey (2014-2018) emphasize importance of health tourism and encourage and support health tourism activities to become in top 5 medical tourism destinations in the world.
Medical Traveler can reach latest and advanced healthcare technology facilities in Turkey and they can also make cost save % 50-65 compare to US. The number of international patients who comes Turkey increases % 5-10 per year.
Turkey has best components for health tourism like number of health professionals, healthcare service providers, geopolitical position of Turkey and other infrastructural essentials. When these entirecomponentsare taken into consideration; health tourism market share of Turkey may be increased by the way of setting new generation marketing strategies.
The number of international visitors who comes Turkey for sportive facilities is over 550 thousand. Sport tourism market size is about USD 180 billion all over the World. Turkey shares 1,5 % of this market.The number of golf players who come Belek / Antalya is about 160 thousand, meanwhile the number of football team number is 1200 and 90 % percentage of these teams are international.
Fortunately, 12 Months Health and Sport Tourism as alternative tourism concept can easily be created with investments supported by Turkish Government in sectors.
HESTOUREX supported many institutions and organizations will be held at 6-9 Nisan 2017 at Antalya / TURKEY. People who come from countries have health tourism potential or pretend to have, can meet HESTOUREX to share their knowledge and experiences, keep abreast of sector, make a self-assessment, discuss about global policies, procedures and process of health tourism.
I wish this meeting is going to be an unique platform for not only determine problems and create common solutions in sector, but also improve global human health. I am grateful for the support of institutions and I hope to see all health tourism parties at HESTOUREX 2017.
Prof. Dr. Necat YILMAZ
Director of Scientific Committee