Visit Turkey For Health Care

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   IMPLEMENTING THE HEALTH CONVERGENCE PROGRAMME

Improvements in the Health Indicators

Although Turkey is among the upper middle income group countries by WHO ranking, the
health indicators it has reached are comparable to the high income group countries.

Main Lessons Learned

Balancing this type of gargantuan reform needs in strengthening health systems with a step by step approach is a reality for many countries and there is a lot to be learned from Turkey concerning how these two approaches can be balanced.

Hospital autonomy or the privatization of state hospitalare among the politically most dis­puted reforms in many countries. It is unsurprising therefore that countries make little progress in this important Strengthening of Health Systems reform. Nevertheless, an important element of the Strenghtening of Health Systems will remain uncompleted without the public hospitals reform. This situation affects attaining the goals of quality, efficiency and equity. The Turkish experience shows that while gradual reforms are made, which have great and swift impact on the provision of service (especially for the economically disavantaged), it is possible to look at the public hospitals reform with a long-term view.

The Ministry of Health is aware of the importance of increasing awareness in healthcare re­sponsibility in all sectors and leading the inter sectoral action for imporved health.

In year 2010, esteemed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been awarded the WHO Director General’s 2010 Special Recognition Award for Global Fight Against Tobacco.

The Ministry of Health is aware of the need to lead in Turkey and in the international field on this matter by developing international cooperation, supporting international develop- mentand continuing the quality improvement made in the Turkish sector in order to gain the international recognition, which will draw the attention of international health tourism.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health plans to implement a Public-Private Partnership strategy in Turkey. This strategy can be expected to provide cooperation between the public and private hospitals in providing high quality services with the lowest prices. The Public- Private Partnership can become facilitating and accelerting in service procurement at the point of providing high cost and low volume care for patients.


The current state of affairs in services procurement practices shows that the service procure­ment of diagnosis and treatment services is growing. For this reason, new market opportuni­ties will undoubtedly arise for national and international institutions.

As Augurzky as Scheuer note relevant to the case in Germany, one shouldn’t be sur­prised of other countries’ service firms entering the healthcare market if Turkish service firms don’t swiftly become attractive for hospitals.

6.1.  Healthcare Services in Turkey: From Backwardness to Leadership

"Nearly ten years ago, the healthcare system was regarded as backward not only by other members of the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) but also by other upper middle income countries. There was a discrepancy between the constitutional rights and realities with regards to the Turkish citizens' equal access to healthcare services.

Health was important, but still was rarely taken up in the political agenda.

At present, the healthcare system in Turkey has ben transformed, change and transfor­mation took place not only in view of the positive evaluations by the rest of the OECD and the European Union, but also in the healthcare outputs, accountability and filling the voids in fair financing.

We will explain the Health Convergence Programme launched in 2003, analyze the reasons behind its success and share the lessons learnt.”

In just seven years, the Health Convergence Programme in Turkey has provided the health cover for essential services and has significantly improved the health outputs. The important difficulty now is how a more complicated health system can be di­rected correctly and how it will be adapted to the needs and preferences changing in line with more demanding citizens and a more democratic and pluralist state struc­ture, while at the same time improving efficiency and financial sustainability.

6.2.   Letter by WHO Director General esteemed Dr. Chan

In her letter dated 4 May 2011 to our esteemed Minister, Director General of the World Health Organization esteemed Margaret Chan’s has in brief said the following:

"Esteemed Minister,

I have had the chance to visit your country on different occasions. During these visits, I have been very impressed by the extraordinary progress made by Turkey in the last 8-10 years. This is evidence of the strong commitments made by the Government in public health. The "Health Convergence Programme" launched in 2003 with regards to the basic public health problems is making very impressive improvements especially in fields such as maternal and infant mortality death rates, smoking rates and scopes for vac­cinations. Appreciating the perfect relations which WHO currently has with Turkey and your personal efforts in matters of global health, I hope for the continuity of our ongoing cooperation.