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Letters Turkish healthcare reforms

Article was a gift to minister of health just before general election

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1957
  1. Cem Terzi, professor of surgery
  1. 1Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, 35340, Izmir, Turkey
  1. cem.terzi{at}

There will be a general election in June 2011 in Turkey, and the government’s Health Transformation Programme (HTP) is one of the main topics of political debate. I was therefore disturbed by the timing of your article about healthcare in Turkey,1 which flattered the government. Two of its authors work in the health ministry as high level bureaucrats.

Most Turkish doctors, however, think that …

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