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Demand for hair transplants in Turkey increased with the pandemic

Despite that many operations and treatments have been suspended, the demand for hair transplants in Turkey has not stopped.

The demand for hair transplants in Turkey, unlike other types of surgical operations, has not only been maintained during the coronavirus pandemic but has also not stopped growing, according to Turkish medical experts consulted.

Speaking to the Turkish daily Hürriyet, Reşat Bahat, president of the Turkish Association of Private Hospitals and Health Organizations (OHSAD), noted that during the pandemic there have been important and unexpected changes in the spending habits of patients, and that many people have had to face serious diseases such as heart problems or cancer without undergoing the necessary controls.

“Many of our patients have not undergone treatment or follow-up for their chronic diseases during this period of more than a year (of the COVID-19 pandemic); however, hair transplants, breast prostheses, rhinoplasties, and botox injections have not stopped growing”, said Bahat, who considered this phenomenon worthy of a sociological investigation.

Pandemic has halved health tourism

However, Ahmet Tekin, Director General of Health Services at the Turkish Ministry of Health, stated during a conference organised by the Turkish Health Policy Institute (TÜSPE) that the pandemic has significantly affected health tourism in Turkey.

“In 2019, 23.4% of tourism was health tourism. But there was a 48% decrease in health tourism during the period of the pandemic”, explained Tekin, adding that the income from this concept, which in 2019 amounted to about 1,2 billion dollars, was reduced by half in 2020 because of the coronavirus.

“Our goal for 2023 in health tourism is to reach 1.5 million foreign tourists who travel to our country for health care, and achieve revenues of 10 billion dollars,” announced Tekin.

Before the pandemic, the main countries of origin of tourists traveling to the country for health tourism – many of them to undergo hair transplants in Turkey – were Syria, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Libya, Turkmenistan, Russia, Germany, Iran and Georgia; but since the start of the pandemic, the main countries are Syria, Iraq, Germany (this country’s patients have doubled), Libya, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and the United States.