Healthcare in Istanbul

Medicines, Hospitals in Istanbul

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At the hospital

As in most places, private hospitals provide better quality service and treatment but are costlier than state-run centres. These are generally preferred by the middle, upper class and expat community. Private Healthcare has flourished in Turkey in the last decade owing  to the long queues and impersonal service in State run hospitals. Most private hospitals have contracts with various insurance companies making better treatment more accessible.

Below are some of the main private hospitals in Istanbul.

Following are the main State-run hospitals in Istanbul

For a complete listing of all hospitals in Istanbul, please click here:

At the pharmacy

Pharmacies are called ‘Eczane’ and are open from 9am to 19:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Most pharmacies are closed on Sundays but every neighbourhood has one pharmacy open 24 hours on all days. This main pharmacy of the neighbourhood is called ‘Nöbetçi Eczane’ and posters outside all pharmacies will give the directions and address of this pharmacy.

Update 12/06/2014


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