Turkey hits bottom in OECD's health expenditure index

Turkey lags far behind in the share of health expenditure regarding its GDP in 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report said.

Turkey brings up the rear in health care spending with 4.2 percent of its GDP as the OECD average was 8.8 percent, according to the report.

"Germany, France, Sweden and Japan all spent close to 11% of GDP, while a few countries spent less than 6% of their GDP on health care, including Mexico, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Turkey at 4.2%," the report said.

A radical change of Turkey's healthcare system was one of the promises of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), foreseeing cheap, comprehensive and practical services.

But Turkey is struggling with many healthcare problems, made worse by an economic crisis after the Turkish lira has dramatically lost its value against the dollar in 2018. The healthcare system now faces issues like the inefficient funding of hospitals, medical supply shortages, staff shortages, long waiting times and stopping the import of some drugs due to high prices following the fall in the lira.