Turkish Health System Slides Into Crisis After Devaluation Of Lira
A tough year for Turkish health care providers and manufacturers ends with industry hoping for better news in 2022
Amid delays in surgical operations caused by shortages of equipment and medtech companies demanding payment of outstanding hospital debts, a strong devaluation of the Turkish lira has put the local health care system on a crisis footing.
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The devaluation of the Turkish Lira since May is making imports of medical devices more expensive and putting hospital procurement under renewed pressure. The local medtech industry associations TUMDEF and ARTED describe the problems ̶ and the solutions ̶ to Medtech Insight.
Turkish medtechs’ demands for payment of their outstanding hospital debts went unheeded in 2021, but the government has finally started a payment process. It is not evenly applied, and has started in a small way, but the industry feels encouraged on more than one count.
Late payment of hospital debts continues to haunt the Turkish medtech industry, which recently led a public demonstration in Ankara to focus the government’s attention on the issue. Medtech multinationals fear that the ongoing problems will mean Turkey losing the positive momentum it achieved during the pandemic.