Turkish health sector not looking well

Turkey’s health sector is undergoing difficult times, with six hospitals in Ankara and Istanbul filing to the courts to be restructured to avoid bankruptcy, left-wing newspaper BirGün said.

Ankara Medical Association President Vedat Bulut told the newspaper that he feared a domino affect, with other private hospitals being hit.

“At the moment, the state, which is even closing its own public hospitals, cannot protect private hospitals,” he said.

“The vast majority of patients in Turkey, that is, 90 percent, are under the umbrella of the Social Security Institution. When they go to private hospitals they pay a different rate and they get expensive health services. This reduces the numbers of people going to private hospitals.”

Many of these hospitals were having to sell expensive equipment such as MR and tomography machines, Bulut said, and some hospitals had not paid their doctors for months.