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Old 15th July 2015, 14:21   #1 (permalink)
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SGK goal posts moved

I had cancer last year and was treated at Medstar hospital Antalya which is a private hospital under SGK which covered everything did not cost a penny. Three months ago I was treated with a preventive drug cost nothing. Today I went for my second treatment and was told SGK will no longer pay for any chronic illness at a private hospital I would have to pay the full amount I was quoted 950tl for a blood test and 325tl to see the doctor the drug that is given though a IV would be1500tl and SGK will not pay a penny of that. So I went to the government hospital and have a appointment for this Monday. Just thought people should be aware of this new rule. The goal posts have been moved again.
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Re: SGK goal posts moved

Obviously it is very sad to hear the problems you are having.
However I think these days many private hospitals are getting very greedy and the SGK is saying "enough is enough" and as a result the SGK member is having to pay more out of their own pocket.
Many people who have SGK are now choosing the devlet hospitals for treatment as it is "free" being covered by their monthly premium. Again, many people do not welcome paying 305TL into the SGK and then being asked by a private hospital for an extra 50 or 60TL to see a doctor as well as other added costs.
I have had experience of both under the SGK and am finding increasingly that the devlet hospitals provide and excellent service at no extra cost.
When we first joined the SGK six or seven years ago you only paid around 10% extra to a private hospital but the Government changed the rules allowing them to charge more. Many of them, who lets face it ar businesses with a keen eye on the profit margin, are now charging SGK patients hefty amounts and often for no better service than the devlets.

Once Bayram is over I would check with the SGK about what the hospital has told you, as the Law has always been that cancer is one of the 10 conditions that private hospitals are not allowed to charge a premium to SGK members.

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Re: SGK goal posts moved

I will be checking it out at our local SGK office on Tuesday. I was told at the hospital if I had bag kur insurance I would be covered which would cost 407tl a month I could not see that happening how could they cover somebody with a chronic illness.
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I thought the same about certain conditions that patients wouldn't be charged more for. It will be interesting to see what answers you both get.

I found this thread that I posted in 2013 about the law changing, though it gives very little information apart from the fact that the private hospital rate went up from 10% to 200%.

SGK approves regulation allowing private hospitals to charge 200 pct in extra fees
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After much digging, I have found my posting from 2012 which highlighted the conditions that private hospitals were not allowed to charge extra for, and a request for any doing so to be reported and face hefty fines. Here it is............

As part of the new law, which came into effect this month, private hospitals are no longer allowed to charge extra fees to SGK patients for nine medical conditions. In other words your SGK premium pays the lot.

The conditions are:

Accident & Emergency
Intensive Care
Treatment for burns
Treatment for cancer
Treatment for newborns
Organ/stem cell treatment
Surgery for those born with defects
Dialysis
Cardiovascular surgery

The Government is asking those who are charged extra to report the hospital, which will see them receive a hefty fine.
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Re: SGK goal posts moved

If you had your cancer treatment under SGK all paid for except the surgery does anyone know if follow up tests, blood tests, scans have to be paid for now??
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I am only saying what happened to me today I will find out more when I go to the SGK office on Tuesday I can not go on Monday because I have a appointment for my preventive drug at a devlet hospital which will cost be nothing.

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Re: SGK goal posts moved

Someone I know had a heart valve replaced at a private hospital two months ago and he was not charged for any of the treatment, including the post op check ups, one of which he went for this week.
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I needed an angiogram and a stent fitted in my heart last year. One hospital was going to charge me 5,000 lira. I went to a different hospital and paid 500 lira. Both private hospitals.
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I went to the SGK office today they said cancer can be treated at a private hospital without charge. So it seems that Medstar hospital Antalya is no longer treating cancer under SGK. Medstar told me it was SGK that had stopped paying for cancer treatment at private hospitals hoping I would go private and pay. I had my treatment yesterday at the university hospital Antalya and all went well.
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