In May 2009, a letter was written by assistance company MIA Online to the Turkish Embassy in London. MIA’s complaint centred on disputes it was having with Turkish hospitals over their medical bills. One case involved a UK traveller with lung cancer who was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell. The man was detained for four days and a series of tests were run on him including ECG, X-rays and ultrasounds. The discharge notes advised oxygen on the flight home with a nurse escort even though the patient and his wife advised there was no need. The subsequent bill, which included removing wax from the patient’s ears, came to a staggering €5,107. A previous patient was also charged a huge amount for diagnosis of heart failure, MIA wrote. On returning home his GP could find no evidence of this. MIA asked the Turkish Embassy whether there was a Turkish body that regulated prices charged and where bills could be submitted for scrutiny, and also warned that holidaymakers would shun trips to Turkey if they were faced with losing a large part of their holiday unnecessarily detained in hospital and being faced with large bills.