Policy responses for Turkey - HSRM


Policy responses for Turkey

4. Paying for services

Adequate funding for health is important to manage the excess demands on the health system. This section considers how countries are PAYING FOR COVID-19 SERVICES. Health financing describes how much is spent on health and the distribution of health spending across different service areas. The section also describes who is covered for COVID-19 testing and treatment, whether there are any notable gaps (in population coverage and service coverage), and how much people pay (if at all) for those services out-of-pocket.

4.1 Health financing

The Health Ministry issued a new circular concerning temporary supplementary payments, beginning in October, to be distributed to healthcare personnel who work as part of the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. Doctors and other health personnel receive up to a 100 percent increase in their COVID-19 bonuses. Similarly, Diyanet personnel responsible for handling the bodies of the deceased will get a 100 percent increase in their additional payments.

On September 24, the MoH sent a circular to 81 Provincial Governorships, advising authorities how to correctly inform those who may have come into contact with an infected person. The Circular also reminded that Filiation Studies Follow-up Boards were established to ensure that a person with a COVID-19 diagnosis or someone they had contact with and isolated at home would comply with the conditions determined by the Ministry of Health. Neighborhood Control Teams, established in previous MoH circulars, are working with Provincial Outbreak Control Centers to ensure that all measures are effectively implemented in the field. Regarding incomplete, misleading or untrue statements made by patients diagnosed with COVID-19 about their contacts, the Provincial /District Hygiene Committees may invoke Article 206 of the Turkish Penal Code, which states that any person that "makes false statements to a public official who has the authority to issue an official document. the person in question will be sentenced to imprisonment from three months to two years or to a judicial fine”.