Marsupial I said
If you have lived for any length of time inTurkey you will know that verbal assertions from Officials cannot always be relied upon. In this instance for once we appear to have a pro-active Embassy and I would suggest its information is a little more to be relied that word of mouth.You may be right but please do not fuel the nervousness that some people have without factual information.
This link explains that if you are out of the UK for more than 3 months you may not be eligible for free NHS Treatment.It has nothing to do with whether or not a person voluntarily takes up SGK insurance.the removal of health care in the UK IF you take up SGK in Turkey is very worrying
Interpretation of the application of the laws varies from town to town,and always has done. I am describing the system merely as I have experienced it being in possession of both a Residents Permit and Kimlik Number and owning both property and a boat .I am describing the situation as it has been described to me TODAY ie the new system (I suppose, I assume
Personally I think that the SGK Insurance is good value for money, but only if you are a married couple, have no pre-existing medical conditions and live in Turkey full time.