File - Fahad Ali, a 27-year old medical tourist from Britain, is prepared for hair transplant at a clinic of Esteworld, an aesthetic private hospital group, in Istanbul March 30, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkey is emerging as one of the destinations for medical tourism as the country tries to boost tourism revenue and narrow its current account deficit – its main economic weakness.Turkey is the world's sixth top destination in terms of tourist numbers. Out of the roughly 35 million tourists who visited Turkey last year, around 188,095 came for surgical procedures, from hair transplants and liposuction to cancer and orthopedic treatment, according to the World Tourism Organization.The number of medical tourists who visited Turkey in the first six months of 2014 totaled 162,445 with revenues reaching $328 million.Tourism income in Turkey increased 7.9 percent in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same quarter of last year, to reach $9 billion, the Turkish Statistical Institute showed.
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