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Turkish Out-Of-Pocket Spending Rising With Health Care Costs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

In an effort to contain a climbing health care bill, Turkey’s government has consistently been increasing patient co-payments for services in recent years, ostensibly to encourage patients to use drugs and treatments responsibly and to avoid wasting resources. But recent data show that over 17% of health care spending came out of patients’ pockets in 2014.






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