In Turkey, Social Security is linked to residency.
Foreign nationals who live permanently in Turkey and pay their Social Security contributions have no problem accessing the public health system.
It should be noted that residence status and related conditions vary according to nationality and status. Turkish citizens must have health insurance for as long as they are living in Turkey, in the same way as foreign nationals in Turkey who must take out health insurance for the time they are resident in the country.
If you are a student going to study in Turkey, you must have health insurance. You can get this either through your university, or by taking out private health insurance. Students have up to three months from the date of their academic enrollment to arrange this.
Student health insurance covers all Turkish public hospitals. The price of this insurance is fixed, regardless of the student's age.
It’s important to note, however, that as a medical tourist, coverage is not guaranteed under your standard health insurance.
In conclusion, living in Turkey means adapting to the local healthcare system. Medical expenses in the country vary depending on the coverage chosen. Local health insurance may be an option but will only cover certain medical services. For full coverage, we recommend taking out international health insurance.