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The standard of the healthcare system in Turkey is very variable. Although the best private hospitals in Istanbul and Ankara offer world class standards of care, they are expensive to use. Elsewhere even private hospitals don't always offer particularly high standards and their state-run equivalents even less so. Some patients may have contracted hepatitis during their stay in hospital.

For the basic care for things such as cuts, bruises and jabs you could ask for the local sağulık ocağuı ( health care), but don't expect anyone to speak anything but Turkish. The Travel Assistance provided by your insurance may be able to locate the nearest source of medical help, otherwise ask at your hotel. In an emergency, contact your Embassy or consulate. 

Medicine and even sterile dressings or intravenous fluids, may need to be bought from a local pharmacy. Nursing care is often limited or rudimentary, the assumption being that family and friends will look after the patient. There are also foreign run hospitals in many of the larger towns and resorts. Turkish hospitals offers low cost but world class medical care services. There are pharmacies in most places with trained pharmacists who are able to offer advice on minor illnesses.

Standards of dental care are variable and there's a risk of hepatitis B and HIV transmission via poorly sterilised equipment  so watch the tools in use carefully. Your travel insurance will not usually cover you for anything other than emergency dental treatment.

For minor illnesses such as diarrhoea pharmacists can often provide advice and sell over-the-counter medication including drugs that would require a prescription in your home country. They can also advise when more specialised help is needed.


Turkey boasts a thriving network of more than 1200 public and private hospitals. Many of its 300 private facilities have developed working relationships with prestigious international medical centers, providing opportunities for staff development, improvements in treatment, and up to date information exchange.

  • Acibadem Hospitals Group

  • Liv Hospitals

  • Memorial Healthcare Group

  • Medical Park Hospitals Group

  • Florence Nightingale Hospital

  • Anadolu Medical Center

  • Medipol Mega Hospitals Complex

For full details about medical requirements please visit Ministry of Health of Turkey.