A health report is required to get married, get a driving license, or get a premium private health insurance policy which is more comprehensive than those normally purchased by foreigners for their residence permit.
What is a Turkish Health Report?
A health report, in Turkish called a sağlık kurulu raporu or heyet raporu, is a comprehensive report on your health by doctors specializing in internal medicine, eye, ear, nose and throat, neurology, mental health, and orthopedics. The types of doctors involved depend on the reason for the health report. You can obtain a health report at any state or university hospital, or a private hospital if it's approved to issue them. For foreigners living in Turkey, a health report is required in order to get a driving license.
In some cases it's a good idea to get a health report even when it isn't required. For example, insurance companies, as well as Turkey's Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance) program, won't pay out if they believe your condition is a pre-existing one. If you have a health report done when you join the plan, it may help you to prove a problem didn't exist at the time you joined.
Where and How to Get a Health Report
State hospitals are responsible for issuing health reports. Private hospitals may also issue them provided they're approved to do so by the ministry of health.
Making an Appointment
You can make an appointment at any hospital in Turkey by using the Merkezi Hekim Randevu Sistemi (Central Doctor Appointment System, or MHRS). Their website is here:
If you're a member of e-Devlet, Turkey's government services portal, you can make an appointment by going directly to this page and signing in:
Or you can call Turkey's national hospital appointment center at 182, from any telephone in Turkey. The call is free, and there's an option for English.
State hospitals usually have certain days of the week when they do the examinations and issue health reports.
Learn how to join and use e-Devlet.
Getting a Health Report Without an Appointment
You may be able to walk into a hospital and have the health report done. The hospital may fit you in between other appointments since the required examinations don't take much time.
You'll need these documents:
- Residence Permit
- Copy of your residence permit
- The document directing you to get the health report (if you have one)
- Four biometric photos
- Your glasses (if you wear them)
You'll fill out a form requesting the health report at the reception desk, then pay a fee. Then the receptionist will tell you which clinic to go to for the first examination.
Health Report Fee
The fee will vary between hospitals but expect to pay around ₺200 to ₺300.
The Health Report Process
After a wait at the first and subsequent clinics, they'll do their examination or test, sign the document, and send you to the next clinic. Finally, you'll meet a doctor who'll interview you and sign off on the entire process.
When I did this, I went without an appointment, and the whole process took around two hours (including waiting time).
The examinations will likely include the following:
- Blood test
- Hearing test
- Vision test
- Examination and interview by a doctor
- Other tests if required
The Health Report Document
The doctor at the last clinic will send you back to the receptionist. The receptionist will create your health report, and attach your photo to it. After that, you can add it to your application package.
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