Healthcare sector

An Expert's View about Medical, Health and Cosmetics Products in Turkey

Posted on: 27 Nov 2011

Health care is provided by public, semi-public, private and philanthropic organizations, including the Ministry of Health (MOH), universities, the Ministry of Defense and private health professionals. Provincial Health Directorates (81 provinces) are responsible for service planning and provision at provincial level.

Healthcare sector in Turkey The Ministry of Health is the largest provider of healthcare and the only provider of preventive services in Turkey. At a national level, the Ministry of Health is responsible for the country?s health policy and health services. Market overview On a provincial level, meanwhile, health services provided by the Ministry of Health are administered by provincial health directorates accountable to provincial governors. The healthcare system in Turkey is evolving under the 2003-13 Health Transformation Programme. The purpose of the programme is to increase the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system and enhance access to healthcare facilities with the introduction of a number of reforms. Turkey?s annual healthcare spending in 2009 was an estimated US$38 bn, representing, 6.2% of total GDP. The pharmaceuticals market, a key component of the overall sector, generated revenue of US$ 11.5bn in 2009.2 The prescription market, accounting for 90% of the pharmaceuticals market, is expected to remain dominant in the years ahead as hospitals and doctors remain the primary access points to healthcare. Health care is provided by public, semi-public, private and philanthropic organizations, including the Ministry of Health (MOH), universities, the Ministry of Defense and private health professionals. Provincial Health Directorates (81 provinces) are responsible for service planning and provision at provincial level. Primary health care is provided through health centers, health posts, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP) centers and tuberculosis dispensaries; municipalities play a role in environmental health and sanitation. The most recent initiative at the primary health care level has been the introduction of a family physicians scheme. The Ministry of Health plans to extend the system to the whole Country by the end of 2010. Family practitioners will act as gatekeepers in the health care system and will be the first level of contact. Individuals will be free to choose their family practitioner and can change their doctor under certain conditions. Several reforms have been implemented to harmonize health benefits across the different health insurance schemes, as well as Green Card holders who are poor. In 2007, legal measures mandated that all citizens of Turkey would have access to free primary care, even if they are not covered under the social security system. With the legislative changes unifying the three different social security and health insurance schemes (SSK, Bag-Kur and Emekli-Sandigi) into one unified social security institute, the Social Security Institute of Turkey (SSI) was established in 2006. With an accompanying law the Universal Health Insurance Fund (UHI Fund) was founded. Key opportunities ? Harmonisation with the EU and sector modernisation holding considerable potential for the Turkish market ? Significant scope for growth, given the size of the population and the current low consumption rate ? Introduction of universal health insurance coverage ? Potential for generic sector growth, with market demand patterns structured by a cost conscious government and a low-income population ? Export trade to benefit from closer links with the EU, an improvement in local industry standards and an increase in international investment ? Potential site for clinical trials ? Recent introduction of new research and development (R&D) legislation, designed to facilitate investment Latest export opportunities ? healthcare and Medical Latest export opportunities - Turkey Getting into the market The Turkish Health legislation has been adopted from the EU Legislation. All EU standards have been adapted into the system. More about doing business in Turkey Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ? Ms Asiye Yaman Trade & Investment Adviser British Embassy Ankara - Turkey Tel: +90 312 455 3246 E-mail: Asiye.Yaman@fco.gov.uk. Contact your local international trade team Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events ? Healthcare and medical EXPOMED (Medical and surgical instruments and appliances, laboratory equipment & diagnostics) Fair Istanbul 12-15 April 2012 www.expomedistanbul.com MEDIST (Medical and surgical instruments and appliances, laboratory equipment & diagnostics) Fair, Istanbul 13-16 October 2012 www.cnrexpo.com Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 27 November 2011

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