World Bulletin / News Desk
The flow of foreign patients heading in Turkey for treatment has tripled over the past 4 years.
Secretary General of Health Tourism Association of Turkey Enginer Birdal said they intended to increase the number of medical tourists to 2 million by 2023.
"The number of health tourists has increased to 262,000 which was 74,000 in 2008, 92,000 in 2009, 110,000 in 2010 and 155,000 in 2011" said Birdal and added, "Health tourism is essential for countries in terms of being a source of income as well as a promotion."
Statistics of 2011 show that patients from Germany, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Iraq top the list of healthcare tourists visiting Turkey.
Romania, Libya and Britain follow with lesser number.