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Healthcare in Turkey
Turkey has some of the most well-known and respected doctors and staff, particularly at the university hospitals. There are continuing plans to improve the level of standards and services in state hospitals to meet that of other popular European countries.

Private Healthcare has increased considerably in Turkey in the last decade owing to the limited amount of state run hospitals. Care standards in private hospitals are usually on a par with international standards in terms of expertise and equipment. Most private hospitals have contracts with various insurance companies so it is important to make sure you have good health insurance.

The main tourist areas are well served with hospitals some of which have direct agreements with BUPA and other similar international heath insurance companies. There are a considerable number of private clinics in the tourist areas of Bodrum, Antalya and Marmaris. In fact the Antalya area of Turkey has no less than 50 private medical centres employing in excess of 2500 doctors and medical staff, ideal for those visiting property in Turkey in these tourist locations.

Pharmacies are open from 9.00 to 19.00hrs from Monday to Saturday and there is usually an emergency pharmacy in each area.

The social security system in Turkey is composed of three different major organizations;
  • Social Insurance Institution (SSK)
  • Pension Fund for Civil Servants (Emekli Sandigi)
  • Social Security Institution for the Self-employed (Bag-Kur)
There are Government plans to unify all these institutions under one roof in the future. Employers pay insurance premiums to cover work-related injuries, professional job diseases, or maternity leave. Both employers and employees contribute specified proportions to cover premiums for illness, disability, retirement, and death benefits. A new law will provide health care also to unemployed people if they match certain criteria.

Health Risks

According to the World Health Organisation, Turkey is at a current level of no exception risk to travellers and travelling to the country with a modest level of caution there would be no unusual level of risk. The risk from Avian Influenza is believed to be very low, provided you avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.
Mosquitoes can still be an irritation in summer.

If you are travelling to Turkey, you should consult your usual healthcare provider for travel medical advice before departure. For all medical emergencies Dial 122

Pharmacies (Eczane)

There are many pharmacies all over Turkey, or Eczane in Turkish, which are concentrated especially near hospitals but also in every neighbourhood. They are open from 09:00 - 19:00 on weekdays and Saturdays and are closed on Sundays but there is always one, open 24 hours in each neighbourhood.

Each pharmacy supplies the name of the closest open one, called the Nöbetçi Eczane (on duty pharmacy) for that Sunday, evening, statutory and religious holidays by placing a display in its window. Certain drugs are sold with green or red prescriptions permitting the Ministry to control sale of some medicines, and there are also many sold over the counter (OTC) without the need of a prescription.

Medicine in Turkey is usually sold without a prescription, with the exception of some powerful drugs such as somniferous and tranquilizers. Turks consider pharmacists as doctors and by explaining their health problems to the pharmacist, they request medicine and the pharmacist usually provides them with the medicine they need. Most pharmacists are able to measure your blood pressure if you ask them to, make injections and carry out vaccinations when needed.


Students must study for five years in a Faculty of Dentistry before they become a Dental Practitioner. After a further five years of study they can become a specialist in a particular area of dentistry. In order to practice dentistry, each dentist must be a member of the Turkish Dental Association.

Dentists are available in most towns and tourist areas. A Pharmacy (Eczane) will be able to inform you of the local Dentist in your area.

Health Cover for travellers

According to a recent health insurance report, Britons retiring into the Turkish sun could be well advised to take their health insurance with them.

Almost a million British people are now retirees in another country, and draw their state pensions in their country of choice. Turkey is becoming more and more popular as a retirement destination. Once the residence visa is granted, retirees can enjoy the food, lifestyle, friendly locals and low crime rate.

However, for those Brits who have taken out a Turkish mortgage or are simply renting abroad, the Turkish public health service is limited for foreign nationals. For those with private medical insurance, industry experts advise keeping policies going. Reciprocal agreements as for travellers do not apply for residents.

The NHS no longer treats expatriates, so international private medical insurance is well advised.

Source: Turkey Property | Property in Turkey

Healthcare in Turkey
good article Craig.
i am impressed by the treatment Yusufs father is having for his kidney failure. Many of you will remember that he started dialysis in January and at first refused,it took a lot of tears and persuading by the family for him to agree. Now hes a changed man, feeling better than he has done for years.
he's seventy and his age didnt come into it when he was given a place in the dialysis centre. He goes twice a week and transport is from the hospital. This isnt a private hospital either..in Antakya they have combined the university hospital with the government hospital, most patients do have some sort of insurance or contribute to their treatment ,those who have no money are still eligible for treatment through the green card system.
The government hospitals are much better nowadays than they were just a few years ago and are set to further improve their standards.İ think i would prefer to be treated in a Turkish Government hospital than a Uk NHS hospital after hearing the way standards have deteriorated in the UK.
Healthcare in Turkey
I am being treated at Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya and the level of service, (is that the right word for hospital treatment?) is excellent.
Recently when another lump was found, I was referred to the general surgeon, who has performed all my ops. He was in the next building operating. I was told to go and see him. Within the hour the lump had been removed under local anaesthetic (sadly proved to be cancerous). Now that is what I call service!!

The hosptital and wards are meticulously clean and all the staff, doctors and nurses are always kind and helpful.

I have complete confidence in the treatment I am receiving here.


Healthcare in Turkey
Hi Rainbow.I to was in Akdeniz University Hospital a couple of years ago.Nothing serious, but I was kept in for a week and I can only echo your comments.The place is so clean it's untrue and I bet they have never heard of that Hospital Bug which kills so many back in the UK.If I ever had to have Major treatment it would be here in Antalya.My wife also found a lump on her breast one morning.It was out by lunchtime and we were told to phone at 4-00pm for the results.Fortunately is was ok and all that cost 80 pounds. Antalya for hospital treatment is excellent.

Healthcare in Turkey
I had a heart attack 2 years ago while on holiday in Datca. I received excellent care - resusitation at our small local hospital, rapid ambulance transfer to Ahu Hetman private hospital in Marmaris, 5 days in intensive Care followed by a week of normal care. I can't speak too highly of the doctors, nursing and auxiliary staff, many of whom spoke English. They saved my life and I'm grateful every day.


Healthcare in Turkey
Depends which Insurance Co. you use and the state of your health and of course any previous problems.I pay 1600 Eoros a year to a German Co.This is for inpatient treatment only, any outpatient I pay for.Turkish State Hospitals charge 15 TL to see a Doctor plus further charges for any treatment which is not expensive.If you have a Residents Permit they only charge half of the bill.Mack a member on here pays into the Turkish Health care and I think he pays around 200 TL per month.



Healthcare in Turkey
Thank you Ian, so you don't have to have private healthcare? you can pay as you go? I am 28 years old & in very good health, is it the same for children? my son is 10


Healthcare in Turkey
I was in hospital in Izmir at "yesilyurt" hospital as the locals still call in Izmir, now named Ataturk, I think it's a mixed government/university hospital. All I can say is I was extremely impressed [what I remember of my 8 day stay having been quite ill] number one at the extreme cleanliness, the absolutely wonderful way the doctors & nurses were & the full range of services on site, blood test results in 2 hours !! all cardiac machines & tests available MR1 scanning machine etc., excellent care, at a very, very good price.

Same goes for dentists here

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