High costs of medical care in North America and substandard care in the developing world and a slew of other reasons create an interesting phenomenon known as medical tourism. The multibillion dollar industry attracts both the rich and middle class. Ask around and you will probably know someone who traveled away from their home country for some type of medical procedure. My own mother went to Thailand for bariatric surgery, my aunt for cancer treatment, friends for plastic surgery. I know a few myself!
Medical Tourism is common, like it or not, and Turkish Airlines is jumping on the band wagon buy now offering 50% flights for people who travel to Turkey for medical reasons! The push is clearly targeting those traveling to Turkey to receive better care they can get at home, but I am certain even the wealthy who are taking part in elective surgeries may take part in this promotion.
Turkey, the world’s 6th most popular tourist destination attracting 40 million visitors, now aims to take an active role in global health tourism by participating in this growing phenomenon.
Turkish Airlines will provide support to Turkey’s public and private sector organizations that provide important components in the health tourism sector. It is a market that has shown significant growth and will become a significant contributor to the nation’s GDP.
With one of the most comprehensive route networks, Turkish Airlines has the ability to bring passengers from numerous points around the World to Turkey for medical and health reasons in order to support the promotion of health tourism in Turkey.
In this context, the passengers visiting Turkey for treatment who travel on Turkish Airlines will be eligible for a 50% transportation rebate following submission of required documents* to the local Turkish Airlines Office in their city of origin.
Thanks to this program, guests who choose Turkey for health tourism purposes will have the opportunity to benefit from not only the internationally accredited medical facilities and staff but will also have the beauty and tranquility of Turkey as a site for recuperation.
Per the media release the only required documents to receive the discount will be International patient’s passport sample, Electronic ticket of international patient, Entry registration example of the health institution, and Treatment bill’ sample. My guess is the discount will be returned to the customer after taking part in their procedure.
Would you travel to Turkey and Fly Turkish just to save money on a medical procedure? Do you know of any other airlines that is offering such a deal? I can see the billboards now, “Shed your waistline, not your wallet”