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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Istanbul, Turkey

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Istanbul, Turkey share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Turkey, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

How are healthcare services Istanbul?

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

"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 living in Istanbul.

What are emergency services like in Istanbul?

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When we asked about emergency services, members in Istanbul wrote:

"There are several hospitals near where I live. These however are private ones. I myself use Baskent University hospital, which I have found very good. Also their prices are more reasonable than some of the others. The care I received there has been first class. Also there is no long waiting time if you require an operation. As for emergency services, my wife received treatment with only a short wait to see a doctor, apart from that I cannot say," added another expat.

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Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

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"Before living in Istanbul I lived near Kemer with my going to Antalya for treatment. I have had two operations there and was well pleased with the medical services received," remarked another expat living in Istanbul.

Are common prescription medications available in Istanbul?

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"Yes. You can purchase most prescription medicines in the pharmacy's that are easily found. In general you do not require a prescription except for dangerous class drugs like morphine. The cost of medicines are far cheaper than in various other Euopean countries. I have never had a problem buying medicines here in Turkey where I have lived for over 20 years," remarked another expat living in Istanbul.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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