Expats and those moving to take full advantage of their property in Turkey will be pleased to learn that private healthcare in most developed areas is very good and relatively cheap if compared to the UK and much of western Europe.
There are some excellent private and state facilities in Istanbul, Antalya and the main coastal towns and cities.
Healthcare is different in Turkey. Traditional doctor’s surgeries as we see in the UK are relatively few and far between in most areas. The majority of regular prescription drugs and medications are available over the counter so for minor ailments and injuries, locals tend to visit the pharmacist rather than pay to see a doctor.
Public healthcare in Turkey does vary in quality. Many of the state hospitals are overcrowded with limited facilities and poor foreign language skills. Although foreigners with residency can now opt to join the SGK state medical insurance policy, most expats prefer to pay the extra and take out good private medical insurance so they can use the excellent private facilities should the need arise.
The great value of private treatment in Turkey is now gaining much publicity. Recent years have seen an influx of foreigners choosing to take 'medical holidays' to Istanbul, Antalya and Izmir to undergo cosmetic, fertility and dental procedures. The majority of private hospitals and clinics have state of the art equipment and many foreign speaking doctors and staff.
Health Insurance in Turkey
Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK) is the state run healthcare policy available to Turkish Citizens and foreigners with residency in Turkey. Although the state facilities do struggle and vary dramatically in standard dependant on region, expats can now join SGK for a small cost to receive treatment at hospitals within the scheme and discounted prescription medications and medical procedures.
Most expats and foreigners take out private health insurance. There are many international companies offering differing rates and policies but “expat insurance” organised outside Turkey can work out costly. Most expats choose to organise their insurance locally via an agent. Costs differ according to existing conditions, age and what is required but are generally reasonably priced, just shop around for the best deal.
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