TURKISH HEALTH INSURANCE FOR FOREIGNERS IN TURKEY

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Which foreign nationals benefit universal health insurance?
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Considering the principal of reciprocity;
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Foreign nationals
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• who has receive residence permit;
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• who are not insured under any foreign social security legislation and have no right to benefit from health insurance;
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• whose residence duration exceeds continually one-year in Turkey and applied to benefit from universal health insurance as of this date shall benefit from universal health insurance.
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Is it obligatory for all foreign nationals to apply for universal health insurance?
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No. Foreign nationals shall be recorded under universal health insurance upon their request.
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Where should foreign nationals submit their application for universal health insurance?
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Foreign nationals are required to submit their application to the nearest provincial/central directorate of social security institution in the place of their residence.
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Which documents foreign nationals are required to submit in the application for universal health insurance?
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• Residence permit,
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• Original or copy of the documents given by the relevant foreign country’s social security institution or labour attaches and indicating social security status in terms of universal health insurance,
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• Recognisance form
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Which health services do the foreign nationals benefit from?
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Universal health insurance includes the treatment of illnesses except for chronic illnesses which occur before the date when foreign nationals are regarded as universal health insurance holders or their dependants.
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Is it possible for the dependants of foreign nationals under universal health insurance to receive healthcare services?
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On condition that they reside in homeland territory, except for those who study abroad, and are not insured under the legislation of any country, foreign nationals
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• Partners,
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• Children under the age of 18,
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• Unmarried children under the age of 20 in case of receiving high school education,
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• Unmarried children under the age of 25 in case of receiving university education,
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• Unmarried children who are ascertained disabled regardless of their age,
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• Parents who are identified to be looked after by foreign nationals according to the criteria determined by the Institution. shall benefit from healthcare services.
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How are foreign nationals’ universal health insurance terminated?
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In this context, foreign nationals universal health insurance shall be terminated as of the date when
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• The duration of the residence permit ends,
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• They are insured under the legislation of any foreign country,
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• They are insured under another coverage,
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• They are regarded as dependants of universal health insurance holder.
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How do the persons who are holder of the international protection application or status and regarded as stateless persons benefit universal health insurance?
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The persons who have no social security or are unable to afford the premium may benefit from the universal health insurance upon their application within one month following the date when they are identified as the holder of the international protection application or status and the stateless by the Ministry of Interior Directorate General of Migration Management. The universal health insurance premiums of those persons are paid by the relevant institutions.
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Revised Jun 2017 – Resource, Directorate General of Migration Management Turkey
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