Jul 27, 2021

Healthcare and Cost Medical Treatment in Turkey

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It is mandatory for everyone living in Turkey to have health insurance whether public or private (unless you’re older than 65). The Turkish government made this official back in 2006 when they launched Genel Sağlık Sigortası. The GSS is a universal healthcare system that provides an array of medical treatments in Turkey.

If you have registered with the GSS and you visit a public hospital, you will get many treatments free of cost including: childbirth, emergencies, fertility treatment, infectious diseases, medically necessary cosmetic surgeries, preventive health services, and work-related incidents.

Some public hospitals offer dental treatment but if you want it covered completely, you will have to go for private insurance. However, the quality of services provided by public insurance is outstanding and almost 98% of the people in Turkey have opted for it, according to movehub.

The quality of healthcare in Turkey has improved drastically over the decades. According to a 2018 study published in The Lancet and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Turkey was ranked 60th in the world in terms of top healthcare systems in the world.

Turkey also has 2.81 hospital beds per 1,000 people which is more than the big countries including the US, UK, and New Zealand. The country offers excellent services which is why according to the Ministry of Health, the patient satisfaction rate in Turkey is 90%.

The overall good treatment also reflects that 57% of people in Turkey are in good health, according to Statista.

This system is free for people to some extent. The government pays for healthcare through taxes, which covers the above-mentioned treatments. If you have a job, your employer will pay for your insurance premiums. And if not, your insurance premiums will be analyzed on a means-tested basis. The healthcare system is free for children.

However, there are some expenses that are not covered and will come out of your pockets like the cost of prescription drugs and outpatient services. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (IST), 77.5% of health expenditures are covered by government taxes, with the rest paid by the public.

If you are touring Turkey or living there for less than a year, you are eligible for public insurance. You will have to go for private insurance but it is also very much affordable and covers all the facilities. But if you still want to go for public healthcare, you can apply to register with the Social Security Institution after completing one year of living in Turkey.

The lowest average cost of private health insurance is £11 per year, for 18 to 25-year-olds, while the highest is for people above the age of 60, which is £120 per year. You will generally pay between £18 and £30 per year if you are aged between 26 and 50.

If you have a family of four, you can expect to pay a maximum of £70 per year and as little as £40 per year. Under 18 children receive free public healthcare including the expats.



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