Its fact that if you have a Residence Permit, been resident for 12 months and have at least 12 months left on your RP that you have to register before 31 January 2012. What is uncertain is whether people who do not spend the whole year in Turkey but have a RP have to register
Our little blue books arived last week, there was no talk of Turkish State health insurance.
What do we want? Time travel! When do we want it? That's irrelevant.
The new health service contributions law and in particular how it affects yabancis is a separate issue . Its just that it uses length of residency as a basis for establishing whether you are liable to pay if you come from a country which does not have a reciprical agreement on health such as UK.Our little blue books arived last week, there was no talk of Turkish State health insurance
WHAT DO WE KNOW FOR SURE?
1. The SGK Compulsory health insurance scheme is asking all foreigners with a residency permit to report to the nearest SGK insurance office for registration before the 31st January 2012.
2. If you fail to register before 31st January 2012 you are subject to an 886TL fine
3. You must take along your original passport and Ikamet (Blue residency book) and photocopies of both.
4. The scheme will not cover any pre-existing or chronic conditions.
The British Consulate are looking into the following and update and will update answers ASAP to their website.
QUESTIONS YET TO BE ANSWERED.
1. Can you "opt out" if you can prove you have other health insurance, either state or private?
1.1 If so then what paperwork would be required to prove this, does it need to be translated or notarised and does this have to be done before 31st January 2012?
2. What will happen to all the foreigners who have residency but don't live in Turkey, maybe only visiting in the summer, will they be automatically fined 886TL when they go to register when they visit Turkey for the 1st time this year as there was no official notice of the new regulations till 1 week before the deadline?
3. Exactly what benefits are provided by the scheme and does it apply nationwide?
4. What restrictions are in the scheme?
5. How much will it cost?
5.1 We are told it will be in the region of 212TL per month, if you are married then this will cover you, your spouse and children to the age of 16, unmarried couples must pay twice, once per person.
5.2 Will it be means tested the same as for Turkish nationals (see the following details) and if not why are Turks means tested but foreigners not? - Those with an income of between 295TL and 886TL (the minimum wage) will pay 35.4TL per month. 886TL-1773TL will pay 106.4TL More than 1773TL (twice the minimum wage) will pay 212.80TL
6. When will payments and cover begin?
As far as I can tell, this is yet another half/barely thought out scheme, badly implemented and administered to varying degrees based on location obviously. Much the same as Visas, but at least they have officially informed the British Consulate over the health issue, there is still no official correspondance about visas!
The "government" here in Turkey are somewhat backward . . . . . . in their approach and implimentation of "legislation"!
This is the latest announcement from the British Embassy which confirms that it is NOT compulsory for British citizens with Resident Permits ( Blue Book) to register and take out the new compulsory state health insurance.Other nationalities need to check with their Embassies.
Issues by the Brıtısh Consulate Ankara, yesterday 25th January 2012:
CHANGES TO TURKISH HEALTH INSURANCE REGULATIONS
This is an update to our notice earlier today 25 January about the sudden changes to the Turkish health insurance system which have introduced compulsory state health insurance for foreigners when they have been in Turkey as registered residents for over a year. Foreigners in this category are required to join the system by the end of January or face a fine for non-payment.
The Ambassador and a consular team called on the Turkish authorities today. He set our concerns over the substance, cost, lack of clarity and short notice of the change that has been announced.
After further discussion, we have established with the Turkish authorities that the situation is now as follows:
- Following our representations, the new compulsory requirement to register for Turkish health insurance will NOT (NOT) apply to British residents in Turkey.
- But British residents who have already chosen to join the Turkish system will be allowed to continue in it.
- And other British residents will be allowed to join the Turkish scheme if they wish to do so.
- Under the rules in their current form, those who have been resident for over a year and delay joining the Turkish system beyond the deadline of 31 January 2012 can choose to join later; but they would have to make a backdated payment to cover the period from 31 January if they had been resident in Turkey for a year at that date, and pay a fine.
- We are in continuing contact with the Turkish authorities over all this, including about the fine given that the situation remains confused and that our resident community members have not had adequate time or information to make such an important decision.
- We will let you know as soon as we have more information.
Marsupial I think you will find that the notice referred to in satsumas postSorry to pull you up on this but what you say above IS NOT correct,
supercedes the earlier notice which confusingly is tagged onto the bottom .
In the context of this notice does this apply to British residents?
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I would put the question to both the British and Australian Embassy in Ankara. In any event the requirement to register does not appear to kick in until 12 months after you get your first RP.
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