Letters Turkish healthcare reforms

“Transforming” our health by privatisation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1959 (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1959
  1. Murat Civaner, associate professor
  1. 1Department of Medical Ethics, Uludag University School of Medicine, Bursa, 16059, Turkey
  1. mcivaner{at}gmail.com

Last month more than 30 000 healthcare workers protested on the streets of Ankara against the privatisation policies of the Ministry of Health. Organised by the Turkish Medical Association, the demonstration was the biggest in the republic’s history. Transforming doctors into commissioners (or to petit entrepreneurs as in Turkey), patients into customers, and healthcare services into a commodity are just a few …

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