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Old 11th January 2020, 06:38   #1 (permalink)
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SGK and Prescription charges

Normally my prescriptions are "free" (apart from sometimes having to pay 6 lira because I have had an appointment at the hospital) but on Thursday when I went to the chemist to get my prescription I was told that SGK are now not covering prescription charges for foreigners and I had to pay in full. The pharmacist's advice was: "Don't pay SGK any more because you have to pay for your medication"!!!!!
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Re: SGK and Prescription charges

Once again Harem this is something that is being interpreted differently in different regions...and even by different chemists in the same town!
However, your chemist is certainly not factually correct when he says the SGK no longer pay for prescriptions for foreigners.
In May 2019, the SGK issued a directive to pharmacies (and supposedly to SGK members) saying that the Institution would no longer cover the prescription charges for "chronic diseases" which the foreign national suffered from before joining the scheme. It gave examples of asthma and diabetes but obviously there are others.
However some pharmacies - like yours - are interpreting that as ALL prescriptions which is not true.
As you know, the SGK prescription charges also fall into two categories.
One is where you have a medical report from a hospital (usually every 2 years) for certain drugs such as diabetes which you get free.
The other is where the drugs are not covered by a report and a prescription is issued by your family doctor or hospital and you get 80% discount on those.
Technically, and according to the May 2019 directive, if those drugs are for illnesses which you had before you joined the SGK you will have to pay for them.
If they are for illnesses you contracted after joining they are still free or qualify for the 80% discount.
Both my wife and I had prescriptions filled yesterday and still qualified for the 80% discount and the free ones where we had a report.
Finally, as I said earlier, this is being interpreted differently (and wrongly) by some chemists in the same town. It may be worth you trying another chemist!
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Re: SGK and Prescription charges

I wouldn't normally use this chemist but I had to get a rapor from the hospital for this particular medication, so used the nearest one to the hospital. Expensive lesson learned.
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The problem with this, I think, is not about the minor costs of meds, but is if a major problem comes along, such as cancer or needing a new kidney, will you be having the same discussion about whether they think they should pay, or not.

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An update. I made enquiries about this matter and was assured by Mustafa Arikok that he had been to the SGK office and ascertained that no such changes had been made and that the chemist had made a mistake. On Wednesday I visited the SGK office in Fethiye myself and was told that there should not have been any charge made as I am fully covered by SGK. Armed with a covering letter I visited the chemist in question. I was expected!! I was asked to sit and wait for 5 (or maybe 10) minutes when I would have my money refunded. After several minutes the pharmacist came to sit with me and asked that I would go and get another prescription for the same medication but with "today's date" on it, because the authorities had changed the rules but had now changed them back again. I declined to do this as I knew it wasn't true and asked that they simply refund my money. More waiting and was once again asked to get another prescription. By this time I was getting fed up so I stated quite clearly that if I didn't get my money refunded I would report them to the government. Money was forthcoming immediately.
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Good on you Harem, that's the way to do it
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