On 3rd February KTLN reported on the range of services now available at our local state hospital in Kaş and we also brought you news of some changes in the way in which the state operated health insurance (SGK) rules are being enforced. Click here to read that report.
On the SGK changes we said that more research was required and that we would provide an update when we had discovered the facts. Last week we had two separate meetings. We spoke with Dr Ali İhsan Alpay, a senior manager at Esnaf private hospital in Fethiye and subsequently we went to Kaş Devlet (state) hospital and met with the person in charge, Dr Serdar Yılmaz and his finance manager.
In this report we explain how charges work for foreigners in both state and private hospitals, whether they are tourists or expats, with or without health insurance. Our main focus is on how things work for British citizens although we do have information that is useful for some other foreign nationals.
In this report we tell you what we discovered when we went to check out the State (Devlet) Hospital in Kaş recently, plus we have some worrying news about changes in the SGK rules for British expats.
First, we look at Kaş hospital. It’s been a few years since the new state hospital opened near Kaş so we thought it was time to pay a visit to see what services are available. To be precise, it was this time three years ago that staff moved out of the old hospital in Kaş and into this new building a few kilometres out of town.
This article is aimed at British nationals who have Turkish residency (ikamet). It briefly explains the Turkish state health system, as it applies to them.
If you are visiting Turkey as a tourist, we strongly advise that you take out travel insurance, to cover the cost of any treatment you may require, whilst on holiday.
This information was correct at the time of publication, however we strongly advise checking the latest position with your local SGK office.