Istanbul has world-class private medical care that is often cheaper than private care in Europe and the United States. In comparison, the public healthcare system is overcrowded and substandard.
There are more private than public hospitals in the city. Most expats living in Istanbul access healthcare through private facilities. As such, new arrivals should ensure that they have private health insurance.
Hospitals generally stick to their appointment times. One rarely needs to wait very long to see a doctor, even in the emergency room. Many doctors can speak excellent English, and some have even been trained and have worked abroad.
There are plenty of pharmacies in Istanbul. Most neighbourhoods have at least one pharmacy that is open 24/7, so expats should have easy access to essential medication.
Below is a list of some of the most prominent hospitals in Istanbul.
Hospitals in Istanbul
Acibadem International Hospital
Address: Istanbul Cad. 82, Yeşilköy
American Hospital (Amerikan Hastanesi)
Address: Güzelbahçe Sok 20, Nişantaşı
Florence Nightingale Hastanaleri
Address: Abide-i Hurriyet Cad. 166, Şişli
Memorial Hospital Sisli
Address: Piyalepaşa Bulvarı, Okmeydanı, Şişli
►For a more comprehensive look at the country's healthcare system see Healthcare in Turkey
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