What is Health Tourism?

A growing number of people are opting to take advantage of what’s being dubbed ‘health tourism’ – the process of leaving the country where you live to access medical services abroad.

There are a rising number of international hospitals and healthcare centres around the world providing a range of treatments and high-quality care. Many of these hospitals look to attract international customers to their facilities for service.

Health Tourism in Turkey

There are many great reasons why Turkey is a shining star in health tourism.

Last year, 1 million, 700 thousand foreign patients came to Turkey where health tourism revenue exceeded $12 billion. Turkey’s health tourism sector predicts that this figure will reach $20 billion in 2023 as Turkey is a leader compared to its competitors in terms of prices in health tourism, with savings of up to 60-75%.

Turkey is just a four-hour flight away from the UK. With accredited health institutions offering much shorter waiting times for procedures, a tourism infrastructure already in place, the famed hospitality of the people, beautiful surroundings and cultural heritage, one of the major (and obvious) benefits is that you can combine your next hospital visit with a much-needed holiday. Many patients like the fact that it gives them the chance to rest and recuperate after an operation, away from the day-to-day stresses of daily life.

Health Tourism in Fethiye

Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital began as a small Polyclinic in 1997. It was created as a partnership between the Chamber of Artists and Artisans, the Chamber of Drivers and Automobiles and Lokman Hekim Inc.

In 2012 they moved to the new premises from where today, the 9000m2 complex combines medicine, modern technology and international services. As well as highly trained consultants and skilled surgeons, the hospital has 420 experienced and qualified healthcare professionals.

Over 1 million patients, from both Turkey and abroad, choose Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.


Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital offers a wide array of procedures and services with fixed prices that are lower than UK prices. The procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plastic Surgery – cosmetic (aesthetic) procedures that change the appearance of part of the body or correct defects. More details here

Gastric Sleeve Operation (Laparoscopic Obesity Surgery) – a weight-loss surgical procedure that allows patients to lose weight who have not had results with other methods. More details here

Gastric Surgery – an alternative method known as one of the non-surgical obesity treatments. More details here

Cataract Surgery – using a contemporary-day cataract surgical operation technique. More details here

Knee Replacement – also known as knee arthroplasty performed to treat severe knee joint pain and restore knee function. More details here

Hip Replacement – to treat damaged parts of the hip in cases of severe hip damage that affects daily routine and range of motion functions. More details here

PaceMaker Implantation – a small electronic device that is generally installed in your chest (right below the collarbone) to adjust slow electrical problems with the heart. More details here

Lumbar Disc Hernia Surgery (Surgery For Slipped Disc) – the portion of the disc that is causing the pressure on your nerve root is removed. More details here

Brain Stimulator Surgery of Parkinson’s Disease – Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the process of implanting electrodes in certain areas of the brain in order to regulate abnormal impulses, especially in Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy and obsessive-compulsive disorder. More details here

Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital also offers dental treatments, infertility treatments, and stem cell therapy to heal joint pain. Please contact the hospital directly at info@esnafinternational.com for more information.

Visit https://www.esnafinternational.com/ for details of other procedures available.

Ward rooms

The hospital rooms have an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, refrigerator, telephone and wifi.

Take a tour

Click on the link below to take a virtual tour of the hospital.

Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital Virtual Tour

“With a check-up, your life is always in your hands”

Check-ups are important for both your quality of life and life span. With a simple blood test and other studies, the risk of heart disease or other serious illnesses such as cancer can be diagnosed in the early stages. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a check-up every year.

Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital has a range of check-ups to suit everyone. If you’re planning a holiday in Fethiye, you might want to organise a check-up while you’re here. Please contact the hospital directly at info@esnafinternational.com for more information or to make an appointment.

What about the language?

One of the things that people are concerned about when undergoing procedures in a hospital abroad is the language barrier.

Health Tourism Department

The Health Tourism Department is there to help you with translation and is open 24 hours a day. The department provides a reassuring and professional service with a team of 15 people speaking different languages including English, German, French and Russian.

The Health Tourism Department can also help you with travel arrangements as follows:

Flights and transfers

Accommodation recommendations and/or bookings

Please note: these costs are not included in the cost of your procedure.

More information

For more information about Health Tourism:

Call +90 530 632 44 32

Email: info@esnafinternational.com

Visit: https://www.esnafinternational.com/ or click on the advert in the sidebar at the right of this page.

This is a sponsored advertorial in association with Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital.