Turkey makes its medical tourism rule better

 Friday, November 25, 2022 


Under a set of legislative framework, health tourism and medical services related problems are regulated stringently, starting with the main law text, the Law on the Method of Execution of Medicine and Medical Sciences No. 1219 and the Law on Health Care Services No. 3359. As per this new framework, the entities, institutions, and individual empowered to offer patient care and healthcare services are sternly managed and are mainly subject to licenses approved by Turkey’s Health Ministry.

As per the Directives Regarding International Medical Tourism and Tourist Health, agencies working as mediator in terms of health tourism operators will require putting forward two applications separately for two separate licenses to two different ministries. The licenses include – Group A Tourism Agency License secured from TURSAB, and a License of Medical Tourism Intermediary Agency secured from the Ministry of Health. Both of them come with their individual requirements, which new businesses have to follow in order to get them.

The Group A tourism agency license is the most significant one.

The tourism agencies and their licenses are controlled by the law on Tourism Agencies and Tourism Agency Associations No. 1618. To get a Group A Tourism License, initially the investor will require to set up a capital company. Therein, special clauses are required to be incorporated within the articles of association of the company, at the time of the incorporation stage.

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