Turkish Healthcare Group targets Ethiopian medical tourists

The International Patient Services Center within Acıbadem Hospitals Group (photo: group website)

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Acibadem Healthcare Group, the biggest Healthcare Group in Turkey, has targeted Ethiopia as a major source of medical tourism in East Africa and is set to launch a representative office in Addis Ababa next year, Therz Reporter has learnt.

The Group that runs 21 hospitals and 14 outpatient clinics together with its high-end thematic university has facilities in Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and Macedonia in addition to multiple service centers in Turkey. However, Acibadem is yet to set foot in Africa, and says that it now carefully considering the markets in the continent.    

According to Mustafa Karadede, international relations manager with the Group, the healthcare service provider has been accepting Ethiopian patients since 2017; and on a daily basis, up to six Ethiopian patients are admitted to its facilities in Istanbul. In 2018, the hospitals under its international patient centers has received and treated some 40,000 patients from 96 countries mostly in the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to some extent.

Last year alone, according to Karadede, Acibadem has managed to provide healthcare services to 5.5 million patients in total and has performed 139, 000 surgeries that enabled the Group to generate USD 800 million in revenues.   

Manned by 23,000 employees, Acibadem Group is among the elite institutions in the global medical tourism market, standing second in the hair transplant, a growing trend and market in Europe.   

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