Healthcare in Istanbul

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 hospitals in the city than public, and 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, and 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, and some have even been trained and have worked abroad.

There are plenty of pharmacies in Istanbul, with most neighbourhoods having a 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

Istanbul Cad. 82, Yeşilköy  


American Hospital (Amerikan Hastanesi)

Güzelbahçe Sok 20, Nişantaşı 


Florence Nightingale Hastanaleri

Abide-i Hurriyet Cad. 166, Şişli


Memorial Hospital Sisli

Piyalepaşa Bulvarı, Okmeydanı, Şişli