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Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association speak on medical tourism

Monday, 15 June 2009

Dr. Erdal Karamercan, a member of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), believes that Turkey should look to medical tourism as a way to boost revenue. He points to successful examples in Singapore, India, and Thailand of the government working with the private sector to promote medical tourism. Reports show that medical tourists in Turkey spend and average of $8,000, which is approximately 12 times that of a general tourist. The head of TUSIAD, Meri Bahar, suggests that Turkey should set a goal of 1 million medical tourist patients and $8 billion in revenue by the year 2020.

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