Hospitals and Pharmacies

Understand what costs to expect if you are hospitalised or prescribed medication and how to find your nearest 24 hour pharmacy in Turkey...

Hospitals

In the event of a medical emergency, Tel: 112 or go to the nearest hospital (hastane).

  • To find the nearest hospital providing emergency services (Açil), visit Turkey Doktorlari

In an emergency, foreigners who do not have social security insurance can go to any hospital, where they will not be charged. General hospitals are identified by devlet hastenesi; other hospitals may specialise in areas such as maternity or surgery.

Private medical providers may also offer their own emergency services in large cities.

Ambulances

Both public and private ambulances are available in Turkey, although response times for public ambulances may be slower. Private ambulance fees may be covered by private health insurance; check with the relevant medical insurance provider.

Pharmacies/Chemists

It is easy to find a pharmacy (Eczaneler) in Turkish cities. Pharmacists are allowed to diagnose illnesses and provide over-the-counter medicine as well as medicines on prescription. They generally speak English in urban and tourist areas.

Opening times may differ from region to region, and some may have summer and winter opening times. In general, pharmacies are open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:30. Most are closed on Sundays, although there is always one pharmacy in an area open 24 hours (nöbetçi ezcane). Information on the nearest emergency pharmacy is usually indicated on the doors of a pharmacy.

  • Find a 24-hour pharmacy at eczanebul (in Turkish)

Prescriptions

Patients insured under the national health insurance system pay approximately 10 to 20 percent of the cost of prescribed medicines at a pharmacy. However, under 18s, people with disabilities or chronic illness and those on a low income are covered for the full amount. The amount of cover for private insurance holders depends on the type of private health insurance. Some insurance providers cover expenses up to 100 percent, while others may provide no cover for pharmacy expenses.