At least 17 British nationals have died in Turkey since January 2019 following “medical tourism” visits, the UK government has said.
The cost of private dental care and cosmetic surgery can be much cheaper abroad, which has led to the rise of medical tourism. Turkey has proven to be a popular destination for British nationals, both for holidays and for cheap medical work.
However, the UK government’s website reminds that the level of medical facilities and treatment available “varies considerably”. He says: “The term ‘medical tourism’ refers to tourists who have chosen to seek medical/surgical/dental treatment abroad.
“Cosmetic surgery, dental procedures and heart surgery are the most common procedures that medical tourists undertake. The quality of medical facilities and treatments available varies widely around the world.
“As such, UK nationals considering undertaking medical treatment in Turkey should do their own research; relying on private companies who have a financial interest in arranging your medical treatment abroad is not advised. .
“We are aware of 17 UK nationals who have died in Turkey since January 2019 as a result of medical tourism visits. If you are traveling to Turkey to undertake a medical procedure you should ensure that the medical facility you have chosen is accredited with the Turkish authorities.
“You can find a list of those facilities that have accreditation on the Health Services Branch website. Further advice and information on medical tourism can be obtained from the National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC).”
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