What are medical treatments like in Turkey? Our Q&A with people who have been there

Question:

My uncle is thinking about making a vacation to Turkey, and was wondering if he should get some elective surgery done. Are Turkish hospitals subject to the same standards in regards to hygiene and equipment, as in Europe?

Answer:

Maybe or maybe not, it depends.

I’m sorry to disappoint your uncle’s feelings, however, you can forget about guaranteed security. I was once in Turkey and got sick on a holiday, but I found it a little difficult to find a doctor who actually wanted to go out of their way to help me.

In my situation, I was back and forth between a couple of hospitals for a couple of hours, before I was eventually able to find someone to assist me. However, I must say that I did meet a lovely nurse that day; she was from Germany!

As a general rule, European standards exist only in private hospitals or a few grand public hospitals in Turkey. If you do get into some issues with a hospital, you may find that they are more responsive if you take a slightly more aggressive stance that you may do at home.

But in the end, it really depends on the individual quality of the hospital and the work ethic of the doctors that reside within. Sometimes it can be a little hit and miss. Best that you stick to the large cities, such as Istanbul.

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