Health Warning

I’m happy to report that it seems our man in Ankara has stepped up to the plate about the mandatory health insurance scheme for expats. Candid conversations in the corridors of power have resulted in a postponement of the scheme for the time being. According to the Voices Newspaper, we can all expect an official letter in the post (my face is straight as I type) about the scheme after which we will have a month to register. Panic over.

There are still a few other issues to work though like what residents who aren’t really residents because they actually reside in Blighty are to do, whether people with private health insurance can opt out and whether those who are retired (according to their permits) are exempt. The last is the most interesting point as I suspect most emigreys here are registered as retired regardless of their age (I know we are). It’ll all come out in the wash in the end.

9 thoughts on “Health Warning

  1. I suspect being Emekli we will still have to pay. We were planning to take up the state health insurance since it is good value for us, now there seems to be a framework for how this is done. This framework may change so we will be keeping a close eye on events as they unfold and I am sure there will be some surprises along the way. . .


  2. Beware of bureaucrats, and of course politicians. They can kick you all out if it’s politically expedient for them to do so. I am naturally suspicious, perhaps, but they don’t feel obliged to be nice to expats…


  3. You realise of course that the whole scheme will be changed again…and again.. several times before it’s implemented? I’d be shocked if it doesn’t..but not at all surprised if we hear no more about it for months…perhaps even years. As we constantly say “This is Turkey”. I’ve learned here over the years that it’s unwise to panic.


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