Last year, Turkey’s health tourism income was $1 billion, he added.
The number of medical visitors surpassed 433,000 in last year, up 62 percent from 267,000 in 2013, data showed.
The data also showed that over 274,000 people visited Turkey for medical reasons in the first half of 2018.
Bağlıkaya said, between Nov. 7 and 11, the International Medical Tourism Islamic Council will be organized in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.
“Around 400 purchasing delegation from 56 Islamic countries will come to Antalya,” he underlined.
Healthcare facilities’ representatives, academics and NGOs will also attend the event, he added.