Healthcare in Istanbul

Private hospitals in Istanbul are excellent, and hospitalization is often cheaper than in Europe and USA…

Healthcare in Istanbul is either public or private. However, in both cases it meets high standards, so as travellers you have nothing to worry about!

Hospitals generally stick to their appointment times, so it is rare that one needs to wait very long to see a doctor, even in the emergency room. Many doctors can speak excellent English!


Private Hospitals

-Some of the most famous ones-

American Hospital

International Hospital

German Hospital

Acibadem Memorial

Florence Nightingale Hospital

Public Hospitals

In Istanbul there are polikliniks, which are Tuskish public hospitals. Expect long queues and basic facilities. Tourists have to pay in order to get examined. If you get involved in an emergency situation, the ambulance will most likely take you to the Taksim İlk Yardım Hastanesi (Taksim First Aid Hospital which is located across the German Hospital)

Pharmacy Hours

In Istanbul, pharmacies are indicated by a white, square sign with the letter “E”. Most Eczane (pharmacy) are open between 10am and 7pm, Monday through Saturday. In addition, every neighborhood has at least one on-call pharmacy (nöbetci eczane), which you can visit in case of emergency. They are available between 7pm and 10 am

Medical Emergencies

In case of a medical emergency, call 112. This state service is free and can be reached from any phone!

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