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Turkey sees surge in medical tourism PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:32

Turkey sees surge in medical tourism

01 April 2015 13:23 (Last updated 01 April 2015 13:27)

Turkey a strong candidate to become region's health hub, says hospitals expert



History fanatics, adrenaline junkies, sunbathers and foodies are all in for a treat when heading for a holiday in Turkey, but experts say the nation is also drawing tourists seeking to benefit from Turkey's competitive edge in medical tourism. 

Out of the roughly 40 million tourists who visited Turkey last year, around half a million came for surgical procedures from hair transplants and liposuction to cancer and orthopedic treatment, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

 The number of medical tourists who visited Turkey totaled 414,658, including 86,011 Turkish citizens who live in foreign countries, with revenues reaching nearly $1 billion, an increase of 75 percent in foreign medical visitors to the country compared with 188,295 in 2013. 

While the Turkish government spending has been focusing on developing public healthcare infrastructure and treatment, private healthcare spending has been driving much of the growth.

A total of 34 city hospitals are planned to be built for about 30 billion liras ($11.6 billion).

Well-educated workforce 

Private equity investors favor Turkey's fast-growing service industries, including healthcare, retail and education, because of a near tripling of the nominal per capita gross domestic product over the past decade and a young population of 77 million. 

Turkey provides affordable, high quality healthcare thanks to its well-educated workforce and its location in the world.  

The health ministry said that only about 30 percent of these patients received their treatment in public hospitals in the country, the remaining 70 percent were in private hospitals. 

Feyman Duygu Oktar, the founder of the Ankara Hair Center, said: "Nowadays, hair transplants have become more popular than in previous years, thanks to higher quality which provides a natural appearance with transparent roots.

"Turkey has achieved a high level of technological advancement in the field."

Evolved holiday industry 

And, compared with many other countries, the transplant cost of about 5,000 Turkish liras ($1,929) is a relatively low price. Oktar said most customers come from Europe and the Middle East.

She said: "Turkey’s location, only a 2-3 hour flight from major cities in Europe and the Middle East - and also its evolved holiday industry - are advantages that are bringing in more patients.

"Another advantage is that Turkey does not apply a visa to more than 70 countries, and people from more than 110 countries can reach the country on a non-stop ticket."

Korkmaz Kıvanc from the Medical Park Hospitals Group said that more than 50 countries in the world defined health tourism as a national industry.

Turkey is a strong candidate to become the region's health center,” Kıvanc said.

Big savings

Medical Park Hospitals receives customers from everywhere in the world for organ transplantation, bone marrow transplantation and neurosurgery.

"Medical tourism is not just an economic gain, it also helping improve health services in the country," Kıvanc added. 

People from countries with heavily congested health systems welcome the opportunity to choose the time of their surgeries together with savings of between 60 and 70 percent, which makes treatment more affordable than in European countries. 

Mohammed, who preferred not to give his surname and came from Kuwait, said that he preferred Turkey medical treatments due to the lower-cost. 

"I saw high quality medical care here. After personal referrals from my friend who had kidney treatments in Turkey, I came to Turkey for a skin treatment," Mohammed said.

'Cheap air tickets'

Dilek Sag, a Turkish citizen living in the Netherlands who had dental treatment in Turkey, said health care has a high price abroad.

He said: “We pay €80 for a simple tooth extraction in the EU. It is easy to explain our health problems to doctors in Turkey because we speak the same language. Airline ticket prices are cheap and I trust more doctors in Turkey."

Sukru Mentes from Germany said: "Around 60 percent of private health spending is covered by health insurance in Germany.

"Patients need to pay only 40 percent but, compared with treatment in Turkey, the price in Germany is still too high."

 "My wife had eye treatment and it was cheaper than our contribution to health care costs in Germany," Mentes added. 


3M opens a Customer Innovation Center in Istanbul, Turkey PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:43
3M launches innovation center in Istanbul 

Star – 3M has opened a Customer Innovation Center in Istanbul, Turkey, as a part of its investment drive in the country. The US-based conglomerate is currently building a manufacturing plant in the Corlu district of Tekirdag Province which aims to utilize Turkey’s strategic location to assist its growth plans involving the European, Middle Eastern and North African regions. The production hub investment amounts to USD 500 million and has been realized with the assistance of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT).

On opening the center located in Kavacik, Turkish Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek said that such investments that helped Turkey climb the value chain were strongly supported. “3M’s expansion of its operations in our country shows Turkey’s rapid development in recent years,” he noted.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President of ISPAT Arda Ermut said that Turkey continued to be the focus point for multinational companies. “A large number of multinationals have already set up their regional centers in Turkey. This innovation center will be an important milestone in 3M’s history,” Ermut said.

“The 3M Customer Innovation Center in Istanbul is only a small part of our ongoing investments in Turkey. Once the Corlu production hub reaches operational status it will serve not only the domestic market but the entire globe,” reported Giuseppe Castaldi, 3M Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe, who added that Turkey was the company’s second biggest market in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

“With its strong economy, dynamic domestic market, and enormous potential, Turkey is of great importance to 3M,” Castaldi remarked.

3M’s operations in Turkey date back to 1987, covering sectors such as the automotive, healthcare, chemical and consumer goods sectors. The company has been manufacturing in Turkey since 1992, exporting goods to nearly 40 countries. 


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Monday, 23 March 2015 17:52


Mavi New York, Inc. represented by Mr. Unal Guven, has become a General Member of TACCI.

Mavi New York, Inc. was founded in New York City in 2007 by Mr. Unal Guven.


Mavi NY is a full service general contractor, supplier and construction management services company. The company specialize in renovation of public bathrooms, sporting facilities and commercial spaces.


Mavi NY's mission statement is to deliver high quality products and excellent service to its clients on time and within the budget.


Recently completed projects: AECOM, New York City Center, SL Green Properties, Equinox, Oppenheimer, Cohen Brothers Realty, Costco, Jet Blue, Burlington Coat Factory, American Express, and United Nations.


Address: 5102 21st Street, 6th Floor
Long Island City, NY11101
Phone: (718) 874 3805
Fax:     (718) 717 8338


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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:34



Mid-America Overseas (MAO), represented by Ms. Nurgul Erdogan, has become a General Member of TACCI.
Mid-America Overseas (MAO) was founded in Chicago in 1976 by Burkard M. Schmitt. From the origins as an ocean freight forwarder, MAO has evolved and expanded into a global transportation and logistics provider, supported by loyal and hard-working employees.


Global ocean transportation is still an important element in the complete scope of services MAO provides -- which today includes air and ocean transportation, customs brokerage, warehousing & distribution and related MIS services, all supervised via a single, coordinated support system.


MAO is privately owned and now employs some 400 employees in offices throughout North America and abroad.

Corporate Office: 

333 Pierce Road, Suite 400
Itasca, IL 60143
Phone: 630-285-9083
Fax: 630-285-9084
Newark Office
11 Commerce Drive, 3rd Floor
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: 908-603-0660
Fax: 908-351-7070

For other locations, please click here


Turkey facilitating logistics with largest nationalization project PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 March 2015 20:14
 Nationalization of Turkey's Northern Marmara Highway to begin

The nationalization process for the 37-kilometer-long Northern Marmara Highway, which will link northern provinces of Sakarya and Kocaeli to Thrace, bypassing Istanbul's traffic jam, is about to commence. Land analysis for the route of the mega project, which is the largest build-operate-transfer project of the state after the 421-kilometer-long Istanbul-İzmir highway, will begin to prepare the nationalization map of the related regions. As part of the process, to be undertaken by the General Directorate of Highways, the nationalization costs will be calculated for the lands located around the route of the highway, and points with zoned areas and areas with high costs will be revised.

The General Directorate of Highways will issue a plan to evaluate any problems that may arise during the nationalization process, including current applications executed over related fields and areas with high costs. Zoned areas, development areas and natural resources will be taken into consideration for the route, which will begin in Adapazarı, pass through Kocaeli and Istanbul and connect to Tekirdağ, the northwestern cities of Turkey. Certain routes and crossroads may be revised to keep the nationalization costs to a minimum.

Furthermore, separate works will take place in Asia and Europe. The highway will run for a distance of 250 kilometers in Asia, and about 175 kilometers will cross through privately-registered lands. A total of 45 kilometers of the road crosses through non-residential land, and 17 kilometers cut through zoning areas. In Europe, 120 kilometers of the highway will be nationalized and 90 kilometers of these cross through privately-owned land, while 20 kilometers pass through non-residential areas and 35 kilometers pass through zoning areas.

The nationalization process is expected to take around 700 days. The main aim of the works to be undertaken will be to ensure that the route does not cross through zoning areas and to remove any land with high value from the scope of the project.

Due to the high prices paid in lawsuits filed against the General Directorate of Highways, areas for which municipalities have construction rights in their zoning plans will be excluded from the project.


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