healthcare base for not only our country but also the other neighbour countries in the 100th year of our republic. We will realize a comprehensive Protective Health Strategy to protect our citizens from illnesses and treatments with high costs
Minister Ahmed Davutoğlu, expressing that they achieved success in providing more fair and easily- accessible services to our people in healthcare field, said that they, as a government, accepted healthcare services as a basic human right and the government has made a large number of structural regulations in healthcare field. Adding that there is no more applications like holding the patients who have no money hostage, and said ‘’ we gathered the public hospitals under a single roof and made possible for our people to have service from these hospitals. We opened the doors of university and private hospitals to all our citizens. We provide our citizens to have service from health foundations with their health insurances. We made medical staff’s working and working safety conditions better, increased their incomes. We lowered the rate of vat and we made a deduction of medication prices to a great extent. We founded Medication Following System that follows the medication in every stage it gets. We started mobile pharmacy application to ease the access to the medications for the people who resided in suburban areas, having no pharmacy. We adopted a new application, Family Practice, which is among the basic elements of modern health perception. We realized a General Health Insurance system in which all of our citizens take advantage of the healthcare services evenly, premiums of the poors are met by the state and all the children who are under 18 have health coverage. We abolished the application; doctor’s working both in public and private healthcare foundations at the same time and increased the number of people who works in the healthcare field. We considerably lowered the need for going to private clinics with Full Time Legislation. We formed and extent Central Hospital Appointment System throughout the country.’’ about the reformations they made.
‘’WE STARTED TO WORK TO FOUND PRODUCT FOLLOWING SYSTEM’’
Davutoğlu stated that ‘’We started to work to found Product Following System to follow in the process of releasing, following, inspection and supervision of the medical devices and cosmetics products that are imported or produced in our country. We increased the number of patient beds, 161.000 by year 2012, to 205.000. The ward system is changing in 89.000 of the present beds and the rooms containing the bathroom and toilet is being realized and old hospitals are regulated with this perception. The rate of qualified beds of Ministry of Health increased from 6% to %43. The budget of Protective Healthcare Services increased approximately nine times. We also provide qualified, effective, easily-accessible and safe services for the patients confined to bed with healthcare services at home that were started in 2010. Healthcare services spread throughout the country at this point. We provide our citizens to have primary healthcare services. We started to provide 112 Emergency Healthcare services in both cities and villages. With this aim, we had increased the station numbers and equipped the ambulances with state of the art technology products and added air and rail transportation vehicles to our system. By the year 2012, the number of 112 ambulances, went up from 618 to 3858. We will have reached 4600 ambulances by 2015. In addition, we also put 295 snow-tracked ambulances into our citizens’ service in the areas, difficult to transport. 112 Emergency Healthcare Service is no longer a service special to cities, but it is a service provided also in villages commonly. While the number of the stations in 2012 was 481, the station number is 2142 by now and it will continue to increase.’’
17 AMBULANCE HELICOPTERS, 3 AIR AMBULANCES
Davutoğlu told that ‘’ 112 Emergency Healthcare Services was serving for 350.000 patients in 2002 but now it is serving 3.665.000 patients by 2013. We put air ambulance system into operation in 2008. At the moment we have 17 ambulance helicopters and 3 air ambulances to serve throughout the country. We carried 18.000 patients by ambulance helicopters and 6.000 patients by air ambulances until now. We will realize a new reformation related to this subject; we will initiate night flights by the end of 2014 and our air ambulance vehicles will be ready to serve in 4 regions by June, 2015. In addition, free bile health services spread throughout the country.’’
‘’TURKEY WILL BE AN ATTRACTIVE HEALTH BASE’’
Davutoğlu, telling that the rate of people who were satisfied with the healthcare services was 39 per cent in 2003 and the rate of people who are satisfied with the healthcare services is 74, 7 per cent in 2013, stated that ‘’ We will transform our country into an attractive health base for not only our people but also the other neighbour countries in the 100th year of our republic. We will realize a comprehensive Protective Health Strategy to protect our people from illnesses and treatments with high costs. We will spread the City Hospitals, being built to increase the quality of service and to provide cost-effective healthcare services all over the country. We will proceed to develop public-based healthcare services. We will found a service infrastructure in 29 healthcare regions and there will be no need for patients to go the other regions thanks to this infrastructure. We will put a system that 3.500 people will fall to a family doctor’s share into operation and minimize the rate of baby deaths and pregnancy-driven mother deaths with the developments in protective healthcare, nursing and treatment services. We will go on struggling against risk factors to reduce the usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and the other substances. We will also go on struggling against obesity by encouraging people to eat healthily and do physical exercises regularly. We will increase the quality of healthcare services by nursing at home and tele-medicine applications and reduce the cost of these services.
‘’TURKEY WILL BE IN A BETTER CONDITION IN HEALTH TOURISM’’
Davutoğlu said that Turkey will take necessary steps to be one of the most leading countries in health tourism and made a statement that ‘’ We will constitute a top education and research centre in health sciences in order to resume the success in healthcare field that Turkey earn in the last periods, empower the technological centre role of Turkey, accord with the scientific developments occurred in medicine field all over the world, take the increasing costs of cancer and the other illnesses under control and to supervise them. We have started to work to gain the technology both for producing blood products we obtain by importation, one of the most strategic products in the world with the public- private sector cooperation model and having a voice in the exportation of these products across the world and we will bring these struggles into conclusion within the shortest time. The satisfying reformations regulating the working conditions of medical staff, who are the main actors in the presentation of more fair and easy-accessible healthcare services we realized within Transformation in Health Programme, will be made. The sustainability of the financial structure of our healthcare system will be empowered by considering developing medical technology and clinic methods.’’