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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 19, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Turkey is generally considered to be good, with many hospitals and clinics offering modern facilities and equipment. However, the quality of care may vary depending on the region and the specific hospital or clinic. Emergency services in Turkey are generally reliable and efficient, with ambulances responding quickly to calls. To call for an ambulance in Turkey, you can dial 112 from any phone.

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How are healthcare services Turkey?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Turkey, they replied:

"Healthcare services in Turkey are provided by both public and private institutions. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all citizens and foreign residents. The quality of public healthcare in Turkey is generally good, with modern facilities and well-trained staff. Foreign residents have access to the public healthcare system, although they may need to pay a fee for certain services. Expats in Turkey can use the public healthcare system by registering with the local health authority and obtaining a health insurance card. This card allows them to access public healthcare services at a reduced cost," commented one expat who moved to Turkey.

"It's is essential that you have health care insurance. Axa as far as I know is the only company that will insure you over the age of 70. This is only possible if you had had a policy with them from I believe 65 years old," said one expat.

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