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Turkmenistan Health Insurance

Medical insurance for those living or working in Turkmenistan. Customized Turkmenistan health insurance plans and quotes available.

Turkmenistan Medical Insurance

Turkmenistan is a Central Asian country and was the southernmost member of the Soviet Union. It is bordered by Uzbekistan to the north and east, Kazakhstan to the northwest, the Caspian Sea to the west and Iran and Afghanistan to the south. Primarily a desert country, it has a population of around five million people. 

Turkmenistan is an important supplier of raw materials, its hydrocarbon reserves are thought to be the fourth largest in the world. Despite its gas wealth, much of Turkmenistan's population is still impoverished. After its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Turkmenistan entered a period of isolation that has only recently begun to end. It is a one-party state dominated by the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan, which was led by the iconic President Saparmurat Niyazov until December 2006. 

Kurbanguly Berdymuhamedov was elected his successor and has abstained from Niyazov’s cult of personality while continuing to use Turkmenistan’s raw material wealth to strengthen the state. Travelers to Turkmenistan can embark on a number of unique experiences; be it the ancient cities of Merv and Dekhistan, the Karakum Desert, or the modern gold and marble laden capital city of Ashgabat.4

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Healthcare in Turkmenistan

The healthcare system of Turkmenistan is administered on a centralized national basis. The healthcare system is funded directly through government revenues, however, finances were becoming increasingly sparse under previous administrations as the government siphoned money out of public social programs to fund other convoluted infrastructure projects. 

The management of the healthcare system continues to be bureaucratic and hierarchical. During the Soviet period, preordained standards continue to determine decisions on public health policy; be it the establishment of new facilities, on budgeting or staffing levels, etc. 

In 2004, President Saparmurat Niyazov dismissed 15,000 medical professionals, exacerbating the shortage of personnel, and moved all of the country’s hospitals to Ashgabat. Niyazov's successor, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, took a more positive approach to healthcare. Money was invested to modernize the healthcare sector, building gleaming medical facilities, and re-opening some of the rural health centers.

Public healthcare system in Turkmenistan 

Primary healthcare clinics are the most dispersed and accessible facilities across most of the country. Despite the positive extension of this infrastructure, the physical and sanitary conditions of the rural health centers are very poor and medical supplies are scarce. 

Hospitals in Turkmenistan are available to provide secondary and more specialized care to their patients. Hospitals in the country may be grouped as follows: rural hospitals (primary health care clinics), etrap (district) hospitals, city hospitals, velayat (regional) hospitals and central clinical hospitals. 

Velayat/Regional hospitals are located in the administrative center of their region and better supplied with more specialized personnel and medical equipment than Etrap/District hospitals, which provide only basic care. Central hospitals are located in the capital to deliver specialized tertiary care only by accepting referrals from other areas, except for emergency cases or patients who are willing to pay. 

Informal payments for hospital services are in fact widespread and should be expected, even if you have travel insurance. There are very few private clinics in Turkmenistan, usually only made available through foreign diplomatic channels in Ashgabat.

Turkmenistan medical insurance

A state voluntary insurance scheme exists to provide discounts on inpatient treatment, outpatient prescriptions as well as a choice of physician. Uninsured individuals must pay the full cost of outpatient prescriptions and dental treatment, and have no right to choose their family doctor. They do not have to pay for basic hospital treatment, although they will face much longer waiting times. Locally provided private health insurance plans are not currently available in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan health tips for expats 

The overall quality of healthcare within Turkmenistan is poor and well below North American and Western European standards. Comprehensive Turkmenistan health insurance plans are recommended for all foreign nationals who may visit or reside in the country. Medical facilities are in poor condition with outdated equipment and a limited stock of necessary medicine. These problems are exacerbated the farther you get from Ashgabat. There is also a considerable shortage of adequately trained medical professionals within the country. 

All visitors to Turkmenistan are advised to purchase medical evacuation insurance to cover costs associated with transporting them to adequate medical facilities in the event of serious illness or critical injury. Evacuation will be expensive if undertaken under emergency conditions, and, without this type of insurance, ambulance service may be logistically impossible. Travel within Turkmenistan is difficult due to poor road infrastructure and government-imposed movement restrictions.

Ensure that all your vaccinations are up to date before you travel to Turkmenistan. Typhoid and Hepatitis A are endemic and there have been sporadic reported cases of Polio outbreaks within the interior of the country. Travelers should be advised to bring a first aid kit and ample stock of prescriptions they may need. It is also important to refrain from drinking unfiltered water, unpasteurized milk, or any raw meats. If you suffer from diarrhea during a visit to Turkmenistan, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Hospitals in Ashgabat 

S.A.Niyazov International Medical Center
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489006; 489008

Saparmurat Turkmenbashi International Medical Center For Internal Diseases
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489032

Central Cardiology Clinics
159 A. Niyazov Avenue, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (99312) 971472; 970081

National Dental Center
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 487103; 487104

Eye Disease Hospital
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489421

Derma Venereology Hospital
Choganly, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 738716

Infectious Diseases Hospital
Choganly, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 739045, 739516

Private international health insurance in Turkmenistan 

Pacific Prime will consult and offer a wide range of policies to meet your individual needs should you plan to travel to Turkmenistan. We offer a wide variety of healthcare plans and travel insurance policies including medical emergency evacuation that is highly recommended for those visiting Turkmenistan. Securing an international health plan form a trusted insurance provider might be very helpful if you face any medical emergency in Turkmenistan, as you can contact the insurer's assistance line, and their representatives can help you arrange for medical evacuation. 

Please contact our professional advisors today for a free quote and enjoy the security that our extensive health insurance plans can provide.

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