Turkey provides high quality health services. Equal quality of service is provided to its own citizens and foreign nationals. Health services in Turkey consist of a mixture of public and private health services.
Turkey provides high quality health services. Equal quality of service is provided to its own citizens and foreign nationals. Health services in Turkey consist of a mixture of public and private health services. Turkey has universal health services within the scope of the General Health Insurance system. Under this system, all residents registered with the Social Security Institution (SGK) can receive free medical treatment at hospitals contracted with SGK.
Turkey offers medical treatment services in every field such as ophthalmology, orthopedics and traumatology, internal diseases, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, general surgery, mouth and jaw diseases, brain and nerve surgery, skin and venereal diseases, pediatric health and diseases. On the other hand, the areas where Turkey has stepped forward in recent years have been applications such as organ transplantation, eye and dental health, plastic surgery and hair transplantation.
Its high service quality, geographical and strategic location and mild climate make Turkey stand out in the field of health worldwide. One of the most important factors that make Turkey stand out in health services is the expertise and experience of physicians. Although the most important factor affecting the decision of those who prefer to receive health services in Turkey is the fact that they have advanced health services above world standards, one of the most important reasons affecting this decision is the price advantage. Many people prefer Turkey because they both get a quality service and will pay a more reasonable price for this service compared to other countries.
How can foreigners benefit from health services in Turkey? People who want to benefit from health services have two options. Having general health insurance or private health insurance is between these two options. General health insurance, which is one of them, is covered by the state. Private health insurance is obtained by paying a certain monthly fee to an insurance company. There are also physicians who have their own practice. These physicians do not work under insurance and have their own fee schedules.
In order to benefit from general health insurance, foreign nationals; If he has a residence permit in Turkey, does not have insurance in a country other than Turkey, and is a foreign citizen who has lived in Turkey for more than one year and applied after this period, he can benefit from general health insurance. Foreign nationals should personally apply to the nearest social security center in order to benefit from general health insurance. There are more than 600 social security centers in Turkey to make this application. There are documents that must be submitted when applying for general health insurance. These documents; Residence permit document, original or photocopy of the letter from the relevant foreign country social security institution or labor attaché showing the social security status in terms of general health insurance application, a letter of undertaking.
A foreign national who is entitled to general health insurance; Spouse, child (or children) who are under the age of 18, unmarried children who have not completed the age of 20 in case of high school or equivalent education, unmarried children who have not completed the age of 25 in case of higher education, and unmarried children who are determined to be disabled regardless of their age can also benefit.
General health insurance includes the right to benefit from all public hospitals and polyclinics, as well as some specific private hospitals. Family Health Centers in many neighborhoods also provide convenience in cases that are not serious enough to go to the hospital.
People covered by the general health insurance can make appointments from the hospitals they want to go to by calling them by phone or through applications on smart devices. Thanks to the fact that patients can get an appointment according to the day and time they want, waiting in hospitals, long queues and time losses are prevented.
General health insurance covers not only examination fees but also treatment and medication expenses. Within the scope of the social security system, agreements have been made with all pharmacies, and patients can obtain drugs by paying small differences.
The services that can be benefited free of charge with general health insurance are as follows; doctor examination fees, medication expenses, surgeries and organ transplants, diagnostic biochemistry, microbiology, pathology examinations, radiological examination and imaging, post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, dialysis etc. long-term treatments and home care services for the chronically ill, the disabled and the elderly.
Another way to benefit from public health services in Turkey is the Turquoise Card. The families of the owners of this card, which gives the right to work and reside in Turkey indefinitely, also benefit from the right of residence. Thanks to this card, basic health services within the scope of social security insurance can be benefited from.
Another way to benefit from health services in Turkey is private health insurance. Insurance companies operating in Turkey have agencies in almost every city. Companies; They may specialize in all of them or specialize in one, such as housing insurance, travel insurance, vehicle insurance, earthquake insurance, and health insurance.
For this reason, you can get the necessary information from the websites of the insurance companies that offer private health insurance, and you can learn the detailed information by visiting the insurance agencies in person and get your insurance. Private health insurance covers many health services such as general health insurance.
These; Cornea, kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung transplantation, ESWL, Gamma Knife expenses, drug expenses, doctor examination fees, diagnostic biochemistry, microbiology, pathology examinations, radiological examination and imaging, post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation during inpatient treatment , cardiovascular angiography, home medical care services that assist the insured's daily life activities and provide social support, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and dialysis.
Some physicians do not want to work in institutions providing public and private health services and may open their own private clinics. These physicians do not work under any insurance. They have their own fee schedules.
Health care in Turkey is better quality and more affordable than many other countries. For this reason, it has been preferred in terms of health tourism in recent years.
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