As medical truism sector is grooving fast in Turkey, medical centers there offer modern treatment methods, high quality of services and used technology as well as support of educated and qualified specialists.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the delivery of health services, development of policy and regulatory overseeing and statutory functions. It supervises public and private medical facilities.
Public facilities consist of a network of hospitals (also run by universities) sometimes suffering the effects of poor funding. Doctors are well-trained and are constantly upgrading their skills, however the treatment options can be limited. As most of them speak English just a little it is recommended to bring along your own translator if you want to use the public sector services. Treatment at public facilities is cheap in comparison to charges in the private sector, however many basic services (i.e. the provision of meals) are not included. The public health status had improved significantly over the last decade, with many common indicators of health reaching levels. Life expectancy has risen.
Private hospitals in Turkey are relatively cheap also and offer good quality of care. In private hospital or clinics doctors and personnel usually speaks English (or other European languages) and there is no problem with communication.
Pharmacies are plentiful in the main towns and cities. Accessing medicines is relatively easy as many prescription medications are available. In most cities there are duty pharmacies that are generally open 24 hours a day.
Turkey has a public ambulance service. In case of emergency they can be contacted by dialing 112. Some hospitals in the major cities offer private ambulance services which can be accessed directly. Calls are free of charge; the lines are available 24 hours a day. The caller will redirect you to the appropriate service.
Currently there are over 120 fertility clinics operating in Turkey. Of course there may be differences in the quality and services offered by various clinics, success rates and patient care often can rival the most reputable centers in Europe. Turkish medical centers provide IVF treatment to increasing numbers of foreign patients and couples from the country.
A number of fertility clinics are a part of public hospitals and universities, but most of them are in private hands. They are located mostly in big urban agglomerations, such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir but also in smaller cities.
In 2005 and 2006 Turkey introduced funding for IVF by the state which increased access to this kind of treatment and created new opportunities for the market expansion. The Ministry of Health have authority to attest and give clinics a proper license. IVF centers are also obliged to report information about their operations. However reliable data on the number and outcome of assisted reproduction cycles are hardly available.
As for market size, experts estimate the consumption of gonadotropin ampoules which may suggest a number of around 49,000 cycles of IVF performed each year in Turkey. According to this estimation, a total annual IVF expenditure in Turkey is above US$300 million (that ranks this country at 7-th position among the world’s biggest IVF markets, right behind Israel, France, Spain, UK, USA and Germany).
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