Turkey has a rapidly growing medical tourism sector. It  is one of the 10 top countries worth considering for a range of medical tours treatment. 

Turkey boasts world-class health treatment centres with trained an experienced  professionals including experts  masseurs, dentists, cosmetic surgeons and beauty therapists.

Turkey is also known as a leading country for eye health specialists and treatment using cutting edge technology. 

For those who are not familiar with Turkey there are usually two routes to finding a clinic.

  1. You can research the available clinics yourself, using the internet or by calling them directly.
  2. Alternatively you can use a medical tourism broker, an agency or facilitator. Their services include finding the most appropriate clinic for you, as well as arranging all your travel and accommodation. 

Both of these methods can be hit or miss.

How can you ensure your choose the right clinic, surgeon, dentist or specialist. Is possible to do this based on a few emails, telephone conversations and a corporate style website?

How confident can you be that your chosen clinic or medical specialist matches the claims made online and is the right one for you.

If you choose a large medical tourism brokering service you must remember they are dealing with multi-agencies in many countries of the world.

There are literally tens of thousands of providers offering services in their specialist field with a full range medical treatments . These providers also manage a very high level of enquiries from potential patients.

It is a challenge for both the providers and clients to have sufficient information to ensure services are matched. At best the medical tourism brokers pass your contact details onto local service providers in the many different countries, all of whom have paid a hefty fee to get the leads. 

These providers then barter for your custom normally through a ‘go-between’ who can speak  your native language to answer your queries. That ‘go-between’ is rarely someone with specific medical qualifications in any of the fields.

So you should ask yourself;

Will there be language difficulties? 

When faced with standardised responses, FAQ lists, call centres and freelance communicators how can you judge the linguistic skills of the person actually undertaking your treatment.

How can you be sure they have sufficient skills in your native language to communicate with you directly? Will they be depending on a translator?

If so can you be sure that translator is able to understand and communicate your questions and concerns accurately especially if they have no medical training in the field? 

This is simply not the time for anything to get ‘lost in translation’.

Will I be paying for something I don’t need or shouldn’t have?

Make no mistake, health tourism is a business and with any business the main driving force is money.  Many providers will tell you ‘they are not doing it for the money’ but the ‘love of helping people’.

If this is so then why don’t they treat you for free, for the love of helping you!  You need to be realistic, money savvy and watch out for potential exploitation.

Be mindful of what you want and need. You should not allow yourself to be persuaded into expensive procedures when cheaper treatments would provide the required result?

We have heard, for example, a few worrying stories. Just in dentistry there are examples of people who have been persuaded that they need full dental implants when a crown or low cost white fillings would have an equally satisfactory result.

We have also heard of cases where relevant medical histories (such as being on blood thinning medication) are not taken into account when deciding the best course of treatment and has inevitably has put the health and wellbeing of the client at risk.

The programs on TV of botched bodies and expensive reparatory work are there for all to view. With any service, in any country in the world, there are those who are a credit to their profession and those who are a discredit.

You need to be able to trust the person you are dealing with 100% and get as much information as you can before committing yourself. Glossy brochures are not guarantees of professional skills and behaviour.

What happens after the treatment, what can I expect in terms of aftercare? 

You certainly do not want to be dealing with someone who loses interest the minute the work is complete and you have paid your fee. You should be able to personally contact your therapist, surgeon, doctor or dentist at any time to discuss any concerns or issues before, during and AFTER any treatment. 

What happens if something goes wrong? 

Always find out what  access you will have to reparatory advice and treatment if things don’t go quite to plan. Will this be free of charge?

You should be fully aware of any potential complications before you commit to or start any treatments or procedures.

Its no good being told after the event that you had a high risk or infection or your body was not suited to such a procedure. 

Is my service provider fully qualified and experienced? 

Can you easily check the credentials of the person who will undertake the treatments and procedures you are looking for.

We have said there are normally  two routes to finding a clinic for treatment in Turkey. 

At We Love Mahmutlar we would like to offer a third option to help you find the best so that you are not rolling the dice or taking pot luck!

Alanya Medical Tours

This third option is available to those who either;

  • have connections with Alanya and the surrounding area either personally or through friends, family and/or colleagues


  • stumble upon our website following advertisements, google searches or links on social media.

Our new Alanya Medical Tours section identifies local and trustworthy expert medical specialists who we know personally and, in many instances, have had direct experience of some of their treatments.





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