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Meral last won the day on April 23

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  1. Foreigner and public hospitals

    This might be slightly off-topic, but related to it anyway. Recently it came to light that private hospitals in general have been charging emergency outpatients outrageous amounts for treatment. A man who fell in a carpark & sustained a bleeding wound to his head went to the nearest hospital, a private one. They wanted to charge him for 2650 lira "because they had no SGK agreement", which he refused, but they wouldn't let him leave without signing a disclaimer....ie. saying he left of his own free will. On the form they gave him to sign, he wrote that because he was informed they had no SGK agreement he was leaving the hospital without being treated, & signed it like that. At this, they decided to treat him under the official guidelines - did a brain MR, stitches in neck & full examination. At the checkout, the woman was amazed & asked what he did to get his treatment fee reduced from 2650 to just 158 lira. Story is here http://www.sozcu.com.tr/2018/gundem/ozel-hastanelerin-acillerinde-fatura-soku-yasamayin-2213232/ Next day the hospital's patient relations officer phoned him to apologize. The article continues to explain that private hospitals MUST treat emergency patients & charge them only what the SGK specifies in their schedules (according to type of treatment). I don't know if endoscopy is considered emergency. Nor am I sure if foreigners (ie without SGK) would be covered. It would seem inhumane to refuse to treat someone bleeding to death, but a foreigner might possible be charged more.
  2. Have I "lost" my Turkish nationality?

    I agree -- you must still be a Turkish citizen. When you come to Turkey after you retire, it's a simple matter to confirm it at any Nüfus Dairesi. Or if you need to know before you travel you could authorize a Turkish lawyer to check on your behalf.
  3. Giving up a TR citizenship for a child

    Hi Petra, welcome to the forum! If your daughter is under 18 years of age, her Turkish father would normally need to agree to her opting out of Turkish citizenship -- in fact he would likely be required to give up his own citizenship as well (as happened with my daughter, for totally different reasons). You haven't mentioned why you don't want her to keep Turkish citizenship. If it's nothing that stands in her way (or yours) for any particular reason, she can give it up herself when she turns 18, by applying through the Birth Registry here. I hope a lawyer member may see your post & clarify this information, and detail how to go about it. Good luck !
  4. Turkcell or ttnet

    They are all different companies but use Turk Telekom's lines to supply services (which makes it their parent company). If you have a problem with internet that your service provider can't solve, they have to call in Turk Telekom to check the lines ..... as we found out when we experienced problems (no internet & dead phone). TT came out promptly & fixed it.
  5. Adoption certificates and birth certificates

    I hate to repeat myself... but have you thought about trying the Turkish Consulate in the UK ?
  6. eating out? check your receipt

    We get Sırma, 6 X 19lt bottles at a time, delivered for 35 lira. The same firm has been delivering it to us for over 10 years, no problems!
  7. Adoption certificates and birth certificates

    Your situation is very difficult. The govt here has recently introduced an e-search facility to trace your family tree, but it's next to impossible to search for something when you don't have a starting point (like your bio parents' names). If there are no names on the paperwork your Mum has, perhaps she may remember some other details of how you came to be placed with her, eg. name/address of orphanage or hospital, or at least the area. There may be some reference numbers on the papers which might mean something (I mean, might be someone's ID number, or appear on a registry somewhere in Turkey). If I were you, I would go to the Turkish Consulate just to grope for somewhere to start. The next bet might be a Turkish lawyer, but it's hard to find someone really reliable; some will just charge for their time & come up with nothing.... but, you never know ! Please try the Consulate -- after all, it's the horse's mouth!
  8. Adoption certificates and birth certificates

    Probably your best bet is to go to the Turkish Consulate in the UK with any paperwork you might have and see what they suggest. If nothing else, it's a good starting point. Good luck with it !
  9. Victoria

    Hi Victoria, sorry to hear about your dilemma. Perhaps you could go to the Turkish Consulate in the UK (take some ID with you) & explain the situation. They may be able to help you by checking their online records, or at least tell you how to go about getting verification of your divorce. Hope it works out for you .... good luck !
  10. eating out? check your receipt

    OK. I don't trust tap water; every time after a water cut, it comes out muddy for ages, & even when it comes clear, it leaves grit at the bottom if left standing for a while. It's not just the water itself but the plumbing. Lots of pipes leak in surrounding streets, that constantly need fixing. If tap water does what it does to kettles, what might it do to our kidneys? We only use it for washing, shower & garden. I guess you're safe enough after 25 years, but I'd rather play it safe......
  11. eating out? check your receipt

    Bit off topic... but, IbrahimAbi, wouldn't you want to use bottled water for other things besides tea/coffee, eg. soup/stews etc ? Just so your kidneys can appreciate it too ?
  12. Divorce

    Hi Pearl, sorry to hear of your situation. If I understood right, you were married in Turkey & now live in the UK........ and your ex is still also in the UK? And this woman on FB claiming to be married to him -- do you know if she's in the UK & they got married in the UK? If your marriage in Turkey was registered in the UK, & if their "marriage" (as the woman claims) took place in the UK, then that marriage is illegal & should be reported to the Immigration Authorities. If your own marriage isn't registered in the UK, then their marriage is still illegal as such. I believe your Turkish marriage would still be recognized in the UK when you apply for your divorce. Of course if you plan to divorce in Turkey, then the lawyer advice above applies.
  13. Thomasarm, I've followed your story from the first post & I must say how much I admire your patience & perseverance. You've also been very considerate of all our various opinions & advice, reacting very graciously even if comments might have been a bit discouraging or negative. Now at last after about 6 years you are set to marry Seda, and I wish you both the very best for your future together.
  14. Hi Star, the accounts we have at each of those banks are 35-day term (or time) deposits, the rates are annual but paid at the end of each 35-day period (actually you can choose how many days you want to keep the money in, but if it's under 32 days you will get a lower rate). Of course 15% tax is taken from the interest every time. If you withdraw money before the rollover date you will lose all the interest for that period, so it's best to wait until the 35 days is finished then withdraw without penalty. The rates may not apply to any amount of money, the banks have charts which show how much they pay for whatever amount. Examples: https://www.ziraatbank.com.tr/tr/UrunHizmetUcretleri/FiyatVeOranlar/Pages/FaizOranlari.aspx http://www.halkbank.com.tr/channels/1.asp?id=1477 The rates shown are standard but you can negotiate a higher rate ! If I had $4000 I wouldn't change it all to lira -- inflation is high at present and you may lose. Best to get advice from Ken for this ! As for the last sentence, I was only wondering, in light of the current economic situation, how long they could sustain these high rates before something breaks down somewhere......
  15. Yapı Kredi sounds pretty good, but they didn't have a branch in our town when we first came here so we went with Ziraat, who now give us 12% (I think you can sometimes negotiate a higher rate). We later opened an account at Vakıf, its interest rate (currently 14.5%) is consistently higher than Ziraat's & it's recently become a full govt bank. We closed our account at Halkbank 4 years ago after that Süleyman scandal but recently opened another account there, now paying 14%. Don't know how long these rates can last against the current inflation rate.... it feels like something's going to crack somewhere soon......