Due to limited funding, Turkish State hospitals don’t have the best sanitary conditions. They are always full of patients and have endless lines. The lack of hygiene, lack of staff and lack of care is easily felt. Ironically however, they have some of the most well-known and respected doctors on staff, particularly at the university hospitals.
Private hospitals are preferred by patients of middle and upper classes. Despite the fact that state hospitals are sometimes better equipped than the some of private hospitals, many patients prefer going to a private hospital because of the personal and friendly care offered. Private Healthcare has blossomed in Turkey in the last decade due to the long lines and impersonal service in State run hospitals. Most private hospitals have contracts with various insurance companies so it is now possible to receive better treatment. Major private hospitals are listed in our yellow pages.
The history of medicine in Turkey dates back to 7th century and most of the medical doctors in Turkey are reputable. Many of them have completed their residencies abroad and continue to update and expand their knowledge through professional training programs, predominantly in the U.S.
Eczanes are open from 09:00 – 19:00 on weekdays and Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays but there is always one, open 24 hours in each neighborhood. Every pharmacy will have a display in its window (which is posted each evening, on Sunday, and on statutory and religious holidays) listing the name and location of the pohen pharmacy, or Nöbetçi Eczane. Check the yellow pages for pharmacy locations.