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Healthcare in Turkey


Healthcare services in Turkey is very extensive and comprehensive. If you are under a private healthcare insurance or general healthcare insurance, you can benefit from health care services depending on the coverage of your insurance. You have to pay for healthcare services if you are not insured. The Turkish healthcare system involves emergency health services, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare centers.

Emergency Healthcare Services

Emergency healthcare services includes health services that are provided in the event of an accident, injury or sudden problems of healthcare.

Ambulance Services: You can receive medical aid by calling 112 in case of an emergency. When you call 112, you have to provide information such as the location and the cause of the emergency and the number of patients or injured. 112 authorities may request additional information in order to offer you proper health services, and it is crucial to provide accurate information.

Hospital Emergency Services: Emergency departments of hospitals provide services 24 hours a day. You should use these services only in case of emergency. First medical intervention and reception services are provided in emergency departments.

Primary Healthcare Services

Primary healthcare services are provided in Family Health Centers, and Voluntary Health Centers. These centers provide ambulatory diagnosis, treatment and immunization services, fight against infectious diseases and epidemics, gynecological and reproductive health services, infant, child and adolescent health services in general.

Secondary Health Facilities:

Secondary health facilities are state hospitals that are not university and research hospitals; branch hospitals, oral and dental health centers, private hospitals and medical centers.

Tertiary Health Facilities:

Tertiary health facilities are university and research hospitals; branch hospitals and university hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health.

In addition to emergency health services, these health facilities provide ambulatory diagnosis and treatment services, inpatient treatment services, surgical operations, psychiatric services, and oral and dental health services.

You can get an appointment from public hospitals by calling 182 or by visiting

Getting an appointment reduces your waiting time in hospitals and increases the quality of service you’ll receive. 

However, university hospitals and private hospitals are not included in the appointment system.


Health Insurance System

It is recommended to have a health insurance to benefit from the healthcare system efficiently during your stay in Turkey. If you have a private health insurance, you can receive services depending on the coverage of your insurance policy. Different insurance companies offer private health insurance policies with different coverages and prices. It is recommended to consult insurance agencies and conduct a detailed market research to choose the best insurance policy based on your needs. General health insurance is provided by the Provincial Directorates of Social Security, which means that they are provided by a public authority. 1 year of residence is required for general health insurance. Nevertheless, foreign nationals who study in Turkey, can get a policy upon request within three months from their initial registration regardless of the one-year residency requirement. You can apply to Provincial Directorates of Social Security with the documents listed below to start general health insurance:

  • Residence permit document,
  • The original document or a copy of the letter that indicates the social security status of health insurance application, which can be obtained from the social security organization or labor attaché office in the relevant foreign country.
  • Commitment (request) form

Scope Of The General Health Insurance

Once you are included in the general health insurance system; you, your spouse and your children who is under the age of 18 can benefit from health services. In addition, your children under the age of 20 who attend a high school or an equivalent school or apprenticeship training and vocational training in businesses; children under the age of 25, who attend higher education and unmarried, or who are disabled and not married; and also your mother and father who are dependent on you for subsistence, may also benefit from health services.

General health insurance is terminated in case of expiration of the residence permit, insured employment in another country, inclusion in another coverage of general health insurance, death or disappearance.

Insurance policies of those who are abroad and under General Health Insurance are not valid in Turkey.

However, certain insurance policies covered by reciprocal social security agreements signed with 28 countries may apply in Turkey

For further information, visit sgk/tr/emekli/yurtdisi_islemler/sosyal_guvenlik_ sozlesmeleri.

Turkish hospital system is as described above in general terms. In addition, foreigners in different statuses can benefit from healthcare services under different conditions. Ask Ideal Alanya Real Estates COM. TR to learn the differences in these situations.

Pharmacies And Buying Medication

If your physician thinks that you need medication, he may write out a prescription for you. You can get your medications from a pharmacy.  Only night duty are available from 19:00 to 09:00. The address and telephone details of your local pharmacy on night duty are displayed on the window of other pharmacies and published in local newspapers and on the Internet.

If you have a private health insurance,

you pay for physician and medication costs at first.

 Your expenditures are refunded

when you present the invoices and prescriptions

to the insurance company.

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