Medical treatment in Turkey and the UAE

An investor can get a UAE residence visa, which equals a residence permit, or Turkey citizenship. These countries are popular destinations for vacation, relocation and medical tourism. 

Learn the key points one needs to know about medicine in the Middle East and whether it’s possible to reduce treatment costs there.

Summary of getting medical treatment in the UAE and Turkey

  1. Healthcare is one of the UAE government’s priorities. The country uses modern technologies to treat and prevent diseases and creates medical cities. Qualified doctors are attracted from abroad: they are given 10-year residence visas.

  2. Treatment in the UAE is fee-based, and a part of the costs is covered by insurance. It must be bought if the investor plans to get a UAE residence visa.

  3. In Turkey, medical services are relatively inexpensive compared to other countries, such as Israel and the USA. At the same time, the equipment and experience of doctors at leading Turkish clinics are just as good.

  4. A foreigner can get a universal health insurance policy if they have lived in Turkey for more than a year or work in a Turkish company. The rest of the residents have access to voluntary insurance.

  5. Turkey citizenship by investment can be obtained within 6—8 months. The country’s passport allows the holder to come for treatment without a visa and stay for any time.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does the UAE have good healthcare?

    Yes, it does. The UAE government prioritise healthcare: hospitals have advanced equipment and use artificial intelligence to process patients’ test results, wards of some clinics are as comfortable as rooms in seven-star hotels, and there are specialised medical cities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.

    Popular medical services are aesthetic surgery, cosmetology, dentistry, orthopaedics, reproductive and sports medicine, and preventive check-ups.

  • How much does medical cost in UAE?

    The cost of services depends on the clinic and the level of provided comfort.

    Average prices for popular procedures are the following:

    • $8,200 for an angioplasty;

    • $16,500 for a hip replacement;

    • $9,500 for IVF;

    • $1,600 for a dental implant, including installation.

  • Do any hospitals in Dubai offer free treatment?

    Emergency care, which includes procedures to stabilise a patient’s condition, is free in Dubai and the rest of the UAE. The following treatment and all non-emergency cases are fee-based.

  • Is medical treatment good in Turkey?

    Yes, Turkish healthcare provides high-quality services at relatively low prices. Popular procedures include oncology treatment, transplantology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, reproductive medicine, and dentistry. Modern technologies like da Vinci Surgical Systems allow Turkish clinics to perform operations with minimum damage.

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