Turkmenistan

Information for Patients
Turkmenistan’s healthcare system underwent rapid and severe changes following political upheavals and changes in governance in the past few decades. Recently, however, the government has invested in improving healthcare provision in the country. Currently, there are 122 hospitals in Turkmenistan, including several specialized clinics and centers in the capital Ashgabat. Turkmenistan has a public healthcare system and a small private system. While healthcare is not free, state-funded health insurance partly covers hospital treatment and medications in government medical facilities. Traditional medicine, herbal remedies and faith healers are also available, especially in rural areas. Healthcare typically does not meet international standards and training for physicians is limited. It is common to experience longer-than-average wait times for care. Some patients travel to Turkey, Iran, or Russia to seek medical treatment.


Information for Health Care Professionals
The State Medical University of Turkmenistan is the only higher educational institution in Turkmenistan which offers medical training. The language of medical instruction in Turkmenistan is English.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism does not occur frequently in Turkmenistan. Travelers to this country are recommended the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, and anthrax. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.saglykhm.gov.tm/en/ 

 

 

References:
https://www.mfa.gov.tm/en/articles/7
https://www.rferl.org/a/turkmenistan-health-care-shortcomings/25322982.html
http://factsanddetails.com/central-asia/Turkmenistan/sub8_7d/entry-4835.html
https://www.iamat.org/country/turkmenistan
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/turkmenistan