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Health Care in Turkey

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The Ministry of Health is responsible to provide health care for the people and organize preventive health services, build and operate state hospitals, supervise private hospitals, train medical personnel, regulate the price of medical drugs nationwide, control drug production and all pharmacies.

Citizens of the Republic of Turkey and – -under certain circumstances – foreign residents are finally able to benefit from a brand new nationwide public health insurance scheme.

As expatriates without Turkish private health insurance under normal circumstances had to pay in cash once visiting a public or private hospital they now enjoy the same rights as their Turkish neighbors – and the same obligations, that is, to pay their premiums on time.

Expatriates interested in joining and ideally after having downloaded the English version of the law from the SGK website will then need to contact their nearest SGK office.”

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