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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.
My SGK-insured father recently agreed to undergo surgery to correct a problem he had with his vertebrae in Alanya at the private Baskent hospital. The total price for the surgery was less than 3000TL and was paid before the operation. However, something happened during the surgery that supposedly necessitated the installation of two titanium screws at extra cost of around 10000TL.What do you think are the chances that there's some sort of fraud involved instead of a genuine need to save my father's well-being? Just thinking quick it certainly occurred to me that the surgeon may have anticipated such a need before the operation but neglected to inform my father of this as he would not have agreed to such an expensive operation. Of course there are many other possibilities like the lack of any actual need for such costly extras.Do you have any suggestions how one could proceed in this sort of a situation?