Turkey: Survey provides insight into health insurance preferences
Source: Middle East Insurance Review | Oct 2020
Individual and corporate customers benefiting from private health insurance are predominantly located in Istanbul and Ankara, according to research by Demir Saglik, a life insurance agency.
The agency evaluated health insurance plans purchased by individuals on their own initiative and the group health insurance they enjoy through the companies they work for.
The findings were based on Demir Saglik’s active insured portfolio in the first seven months of 2020 that revealed the preferences and demographic characteristics of individual and corporate users towards Private Health Insurance (OSS) and Complementary Health Insurance (TSS), according to local media reports.
By buying a TSS policy, a policyholder can make use of the wide network of medical institutions which have a contract with Social Security Agency (SGK), and receive treatment at private hospitals, without paying a surcharge. TSS can be purchased by Turkish citizens in the age bracket 0-59, who are covered by SGK.
According to the data, 70.8% of customers in Istanbul and 17.1% in Ankara benefited from OSS. M