Turkish Healthcare System

8 February 2020

How is Turkish healthcare system works?

Turkish healthcare system is a mix of public and private health services. Turkey has universal health care under its Universal Health Insurance (Genel Saglik Sigortası) system. Under this system, all residents registered with the Social Security Institution (SGK). All residents can receive medical treatment free of charge in hospitals contracted to the SGK.

The following medical treatments are covered by the SGK:

  • Emergencies
  • Work accidents and vocational illnesses
  • Infectious diseases
  • Preventive health services (drug and alcohol abuse)
  • Childbirth
  • Extraordinary events (injuries from war and natural disasters)
  • Fertility treatment for women younger than 39
  • Cosmetic surgery deemed medically necessary

Does it cover the dental care?

While some SGK-contracted hospitals offer dental care, in most cases, patients must rely on private dental services and are responsible for covering the costs. In addition, Turkish healthcare system’s patients must partially cover the cost of some prescription drugs and outpatient services.

Private Health Services

Some banks and insurance companies offer their client to health plans. And that health plans/contract, the clients can go certain hospitals and doctors for medical treatments. Most private hospitals made contracts with insurance companies, however some cases they do not have a contract. Because of that if you want to buy a banks or an insurance company’s health plans, you need to check the hospitals which are working under plans’ agreement.

Who can benefit from Turkish healthcare system?

As we said at the beginning of the article, Turkish citizens can benefit from the SGK. If you are interesting in learning more or need advice regarding Turkish healthcare system, please call or message us.  If you want to learn more or has other question about Turkish real estate and citizenship program, again please connect with us. You can also visit our office to have a chat with a specialist. We grantee you to offer best prices, outstanding projects and more.