Health and education spending increased last year

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ANKARA

Turkey’s health and education spending increased in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

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The country’s total health spending amounted to 250 billion Turkish Liras (about $ 18.4 billion) last year, an increase of 24.3% from 2019.

General government expenditure increased by more than 26% on an annual basis to reach 198 billion lire, while private sector health expenditure increased by 17.3% from 2019 to some 52 billion. billion lire.

Public administration spending accounted for over 79 percent of all health spending, while the private sector’s share was 21 percent.

In the private sector category, household health expenditure amounted to Lit 40.1 billion in 2020, compared to Lit 33.6 billion the previous year, while the share of insurance companies was 2 , 6%, or 6.5 billion lire.

Per capita health expenditure in the country increased by 23.1% to reach 2,997 lire and total health expenditure represented 5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), up from 4.7% in 2019.

Direct household health expenditure, including payments for treatments and drugs, amounted to Lit 40.1 billion in 2020, up 19.3% from the previous year.

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In 2011, total healthcare expenditure in Turkey was Lit 54.6 billion.

TÜİK also reported that total education spending in the country grew 4.5% on an annual basis last year to reach Lira 271 billion. In 2011, this expenditure amounted to Lit 77.3 billion.

The share of education spending in GDP fell to 5.4% last year, from 6% in 2019.

Some 75 percent of all education spending was covered by public resources, while the household share was 20.2 percent.

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