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Public Policy Analysis in Turkey

Past, Present and Future

Edited By Onur Kulaç, Elvettin Akman and Cenay Babaoğlu

This book presents a broad and comprehensive perspective on analysis of public policy in Turkey. Each of the twenty-six chapters presents historical development, legal background, actors, problems, and recommendations of different policies. The scope of this book is to fill the void in the literature with regards to the analyses of public policies in Turkey.

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8 Health Tourism Policy: Past, Present and Future Applications

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8   Health Tourism Policy: Past, Present and Future Applications

Introduction

Health tourism is considered as an alternative type of tourism that is suitable for our country. Health tourism has rich content and is classified as “thermal tourism”, “tourism for medical purposes” and “third age”. Thermal tourism is defined as the use of thermal waters for relaxation and recreational purposes. Health tourism for medical purposes aims people to benefit from hospital services. The third age tourism, another type of medical tourism, is a type of tourism that covers the treatments that require care, especially for people over 65 years of age. Thermal tourism which is the most important types of medical tourism is an essential source of income in Turkey. Especially, individuals living in western countries along with an increasing income are turning to new health services due to the problems experienced in public services. With this tendency, new opportunities have started to develop in the tourism sector. Progress in both social development and medicine makes hospitals much equipped.

In terms of international prestige, health tourism also has the highest value and great importance. For this reason, in the context of health tourism, many policies related to health tourism were established and implemented both before and after the Turkish Republic. The aim of health tourism policies is to protect the rights of the patient and increase the competition capacity with other countries. Cardinally, developed health policies after the 2000s...

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