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One Hurdle After Another: Safely Aligned With EU MDR, Turkish Medtechs Brace For New Efforts On Domestic Front
Alignment with the MDR gave Turkish medtech access to the EU market, but in domestic pricing, costs, reimbursement and payment of hospital debts, industry might feel it is barely at the starting line.
The pandemic has exacerbated the problems of the Turkish medical device industry, which was already struggling for survival and growth in a hostile policy environment. Local blood bag manufacturer Kansuk Laboratory talked to Medtech Insight about the difficulties it faces.
A plan to set up a Directorate of Health Industries within the Office of the Presidency has been welcomed by Turkish medtechs, who see it as opportunity to highlight to President Erdoğan ongoing industry problems such as late payments.
Unpaid hospital debts have been hitting the Turkish medical sector for some time, but a government plan to repay less than the full amount owed has angered industry.
Turkey’s efforts to control rising rates of COVID-19 are compromising the ability of hospitals to pay their debts to medtech and pharmaceutical companies. The government has devised a payments plan, but there is catch.
The Turkish medtech industry’s ongoing hospital payments problems appeared likely to come back onto the government’s agenda, with the national economy recovering somewhat in late 2019. But COVID-19 dashed those hopes.