SGK (Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu) is the Turkish government health insurance system. As a member of this system you are entitled to receive treatment from government hospitals and health clinics as well as discounted treatment in many participating private hospitals – normally between 30% and 50% discount. The basic SGK covers the treatment of most common health issues including pregnancy, operations and treatments related to ongoing issues or health problems.
Married couples and those with children under 18 years of age can pay one sum, around 300TL, per month to qualify and cover them all. Fair or not, the same monthly fee also applies for a single person policy.
Many foreigners residing in Turkey have chosen to join this system but in order to do so you must be a permanent resident in the country and hold a valid residence permit. To apply, you must undergo medical checks at the state hospital and submit a full set of medical records declaring all pre-existing conditions on application.