The introduction of the proposed Universal Health Insurance for residence permit holders in Turkey has been postponed.

Ministry of Health officials have stated verbally to the British Consular staff that implementation of the proposed compulsory health scheme has now been postponed until December 2012.

The Turkish parliament must now formally approve the the delay in implementation.

This is the second major rule change that has resulted in postponement this year. The changes to tourist visa rules were postponed after the consultates of several foreign countries became involved.