Turkish Medical Tourism Lures Lesbos Residents



lesbos_533_355A private hospital in Adramyttion, Turkey is calling the residents of the Greek Island Lesbos for medical exams and hospitalization at very good prices, while they are bombarded with publicity in the press and on the Internet, according to an announcement issued by the Athens Medical Association (ISA).

ISA notes that this is an “attack of interest”, which is projected by the mass media of Lesbos as medical tourism in Turkey, with no reactions on the Greek side.

ISA denounced that the Medical Association of Lesbos has sent a written protest about this issue, reporting that the health and national identity of the island’s residents is “threatened by a premium Turkish interest and a general Greek indifference.”

The announcement continues: “Why do thousands of children of the Aegean have to grow up without pediatricians and not with Turkish pediatricians, since Greece has not a single pediatrician to send? One thing is for sure: If Greece leaves dozens of islands and thousands of children without medical care, somebody else will be found to raise them.”

The Lesbos Medical Association has sent many paper reports, but there has been no official answer.


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