Perking the Pansies
Jack and Liam move to Turkey

What's health care like in Turkey?


Turkish Private hospitals are excellent and provided by high-quality staff. The facilities are first class and the services are comprehensive and efficiently delivered. State hospitals also provide a good quality of care but are much busier. Dental services are good and relatively inexpensive. There is a large network of pharmacies that provide most drugs over the counter. Foreign residents of more that twelve months can now join the Turkish national social security system which provides access to state health care at a fixed monthly cost. It is elective at present but likely to be compulsory in the future. Jack Scott took full advantage of the excellent and cost effective dental treatment by having a full set of crowns fitted. Read about it in Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey.

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Chapter 1: In the Beginning
" question the Faith. Liam, on the other hand, was neither bored nor unchallenged but routinely subjected to the demands of a feckless boss, a soft and warm Christmas tree fairy with a soul of granite, Lucifer in lace. He feared for his tenure. I feared for his mental health. ..."
"...gently ascending a career ladder to middle management, middle income and a middling suburban terrace; comfortable, secure and passionately dissatisfying. We talked with growing animation through the starter, main course and deliciously calorific death by chocolate dessert, about the evils of work, and how our jobs were ruining our health. ..."

Chapter 7: Clement's Closet
"... The inexorable rise in my blood pressure had miraculously reverted to normal, despite my continued dependence on booze and fags. This was further proof that work was bad for my health. Not to be outdone, Clement explained that he had a special, ‘untreatable’ blood pressure condition. ..."

"...They weren’t. Our jaws hit the table. Their interesting offer misfired on a number of large fronts. Chrissy had bent Liam’s ear about the perils of doing business in Turkey, and how the financial health of so many foreigners had been ruined by dodgy deals and greased palms. Liam had bent Chrissy’s ear about the evils of work and how he was grateful to have escaped the clutches of paid labour. He would never sit behind a desk again, particularly her desk, even if ..."

Chapter 18: Paradise Lost
"...healthlcyon days came to a screeching halt when The Turkish Daily News, the largest English language newspaper in Turkey, ran an article about homosexuality. The Turkish Minister for Children called it a disease that could be cured. Reactions to her comment were mixed. The Minister for health contradicted her statement ..."

"...steam engine that drove the industrial revolution and the age of mass transportation? Or the printing press that spread the word to the people? Perhaps it’s the pill that liberated woman from the servitude of incessant child- bearing, or the chance discovery of antibiotics that began the age of health and longevity? Lee Kuan Yew, the man who ruled Singapore for three decades, claimed it was air-conditioning. Without it, he said, body-sapping Singapore could never have developed into the modern, dynamic, thriving city-state it is today. Given our recent exposure to a life in sweat pants, we had to ..."

"...After a simple lunch of sea bass, pasta and salad, Liam decided to liven things up by breaking out the booze. We had to get some perspective. Nobody had died. Here we were, healthy, solvent and free of work, cruising the Aegean with good friends. We would support each other. We would survive, and we would have fun. Irfan hit the rakı and flicked on the tunes. Liam leapt to his feet to join him ..."

"...healthckling of two hundred lashed up ladies filled the air, a cohort of excitable dames roosting together on a jetty like a flock of squawking seagulls. A riot of heels, hair and handbags assaulted the eye as the likely lasses cavorted from table to table, tarted up in their autumn ..."

"...We had made a decadent choice to retire early, against the advice of many. Our financial health had been compromised but our emotional health had soared. There was no going back. Besides, we were fond of our exotic foster country and her many puzzling paradoxes. Dire warnings of imminent religious zealotry had proved premature but we would keep a watchful eye. ..."

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"The book includes a list of colourful characters, British and Turkish...almost Dickensian in their eccentricity, humour, melancholy, self-delusion, kindness and..."

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