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  1. The first place Turks go for minor illnesses is an eczane (eg-zah-neh), which is a Turkish a pharmacy or chemist's. They are identified by a red "E" emblazoned on a square white background. You'll find at least one eczane in practically every town in Turkey, and a large number of them in larger cities. When to Use an Eczane If you're suffering from some minor ailment, the pharmacist there is trained to listen to a description of your symptoms and dispense medicine. Many of these medicines might require a doctor's prescription in your country, but are dispensed by an eczacı (ej-zah-juh), or pharmacist, in Turkey. If your symptoms indicate that you need to see a doctor, or that you need a medicine which can only be prescribed by a doctor, the eczacı can recommend one. What You Can Get at an Eczane Besides medicine and drugs, you can also buy such things as Crutches Bandages Orthopedic devices Throat lozenges Aspirin Athlete's foot creme Antiseptic cremes and sprays Mosquito repellent Condoms While many of these types of items would be sold in a large grocery store in your home country, you have to go to an eczane to get some of them in Turkey. Prices are cheap though, since drug and medicine prices are controlled by the Turkish government. If they don't have the brand you want, they will probably have the same thing under another brand name. The Nöbetçi, or On-duty Pharmacist If you go to an eczane after normal hours or on Sunday, and find it closed, you'll see a sign on the door with an address and telephone number for the nöbetçi (nuh-beht-chee) or on-duty pharmacist. The duty rotates between eczanes in the same city or town, so at least one is always open. The nöbetçi eczane might not be close by, so you may need to ask a taxi driver to take you there if you don't know where it is. See Also Health, Healthcare, and Health Insurance forum: If you have questions, post them in this forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. If you've never been treated in a Turkish hospital before, it can be kind of scary since you don't know what to expect. But once you go for the first time, you'll probably be surprised at the level of professionalism and quality you find, not to mention the low price--especially at the state hospitals. One of the main differences with Turkish hospitals and clinics is that you run your own paperwork and samples around. After seeing your doctor in his her office, he or she may tell you to go have blood drawn at another office, then take the blood to the laboratory and bring the paperwork back. So lines tend to form in the hallways in front of various offices. Really all you have to do is let them know you're there by name and have a seat in the hallway. There usually isn't a number system. State Hospitals (Devlet Hastanesi) State hospitals in Turkey offer low-cost care which is available to everyone who is enrolled in the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu, also known as the SGK, which is Turkey's national health insurance plan. While most foreigners who have used state hospitals give good reports about the care they receive, some have had negative experiences. State hospitals suffer from a lack of funding, shortage of personnel, and too many patients. It may also be difficult to find a doctor or staff member who speaks English. The number one reason to use a state hospital is the low cost of treatment. Private Hospitals (Özel Hastanesi) Private hospitals can be found mostly in the larger cities and resort towns of Turkey, where income levels are higher and the locals are willing to pay more for a higher standard of care. Not all private hospitals accept the national SGK insurance, and those that do typically apply what SGK will pay to the bill, and charge the rest to you. You're far more likely to have a good experience in a private hospital than a state one. They are often staffed with doctors who finished their medical training in the United States or a European country, and who hold US or European certifications in their specialties. They usually speak English, as do some on the hospital staff. Private hospitals cost more than state hospitals, but you can be assured shorter waiting times, a higher level of training, more modern facilities, and personalized service. Hospital Appointments Typically you can just show up at the hospital and be seen on the same day. The usual wait is around 45 minutes. If your local hospital has on-line appointments, you can book one with a general practitioner or specialist. Just show up around 15 minutes prior for the paperwork, and you'll be seen immediately. Medical Clinics In many tourist towns which aren't big enough for a hospital, you'll find medical clinics called sağlık oçağı. These are often run by independent doctors and specialists. The care you'll receive is equivalent to that of a private hospital, but since their services are limited you may have to go elsewhere to see a specialist or get laboratory tests done. See Also Turkish for Emergencies: Turkish terms which may help you in case of emergency. Health, Healthcare, and Health Insurance Forum: If you have questions about hospitals in Turkey, please post them in this forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. Hi, I am going to Istanbul on a holiday and as i knew medication prices are lot cheaper in turkey so i thought to buy a few boxes for my Mom's medication. How should i know if it needs prescription. and If yes, does a prescription from another country works?
  4. I was bitten by a street dog in Istanbul two nights ago. I went straight to Haseki hospital and was given a tetanus injection. I have three more injections to get in the coming ten days. I have to say, the service at the hospital was very poor. There was no advice given on what care to take of the wound nor about the injection and any potential side affects. Is anyone here able to offer any help? I've been told the state hospital in Sisli offers a better service.
  5. Hi-- I thought I would post something that may help others. I haven't figured things out/gone through the process yet, but I'll try to keep you apraised as I move forward. I have a couple of medical prescriptions that are apparently not available in Turkey. I found out that one way one can get such prescriptions is if the pharmacy or physician mails it to a specific place in Turkey; i believe the place is some kind of state place/pharmacy. Anyway, I asked my doctor, and she agreed to do so (only physicians or pharmacies may send the medication--you can't ask a relative to do so, it's against US law and I also think it may be against Turkish law, but I'm not sure.) So this is great news. When I get to Turkey, I'll move forward on this and will fill you all in on how it's done. Luckily one of my friends' father works for the Ministry of Health, so I'm hoping he will help me cut through the red tape. In any case, I'll keep ya'll posted.
  6. Hello everybody My name is Sari and I'm a 3rd year Iraqi M. D student, currently living in Libya with my family.. Me and my brother who is a 3rd year Dentistry student are planning to move to Turkey and study there starting next year, so we are looking for a State University that teaches in ENGLISH for both Medicine and Dentistry, or at least a province which has English-teaching faculties for Med. and Dentistry -so that we could stay in close proximity to one another- so given that: -what Universities/Provinces fall in this criteria? -what are the regulations concerning foreign transfer students in general? -And if it makes any difference- the University in which we're enrolled in teaches in English using universal textbooks. Any help is greatly appreciated
  7. Hello, I'm Houda, a new member in here.. I would like to get some info about studies in Turkey. I am a Moroccan student in Ukraine, in 4th course now & am wishing to continue my studies in Turkey next year. I contacted some universities, so some of them told me that it may be possible depending on the some requirements (equivalence-related I guess), not more. I would like to know more about how I can do that (are there any Turkish people in here?) Also, I'm planning on studying in Turkish, that means that I'll have to study a year of Turkish before continuing my studies right? &.. If someone could refer me to previous medicine programs to know how much are they different from Ukraine's. I guess that's about it (for now ). Thanks for reading me!
  8. Hi Everyone:First of all thank you for making yourselves available to answer questions. I find this to be very helpful and encouraging! I'm a perspective medical student in the United States. I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. My Turkish is fluent, but my grammar is lacking. I'm going to be finishing my baccalaureate degree very soon. I have options here in the US but not sure if I would be allowed to work in Turkey as a practicing physician, and honestly, I dont want to live in the states. My questions:- Would I be able to attend a medical school in Turkey, say Marmara Tip Universitesi?- What would the application process look like and would I have to take entrance exams, if so which ones?- How do people handle the cost of schooling here? Do they take out loans like we do in the US? How much would it cost? I tried looking up some of this information on the Marmara website but was unsuccessful finding very much information. Umarim yardimci ola bilirsiniz. Thank you ahead of time:Nadir
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