Turkey: Pharmaceutical Sector Analysis
(2008; 37 pages)


Pharmaceuticals are essential to achieve health outcomes, but are at the same time a major cost factor in every health system. From a patient perspective, access to pharmaceuticals is a proxy for the functioning of the health system. With increasing economic strength, patients become more demanding with regard to access to modern, sophisticated drugs and providers become more aggressive in marketing those drugs (larger markets allow for higher profits). Both factors put pressure on the financial sustainability of the system. In upwardly mobile Middle Income Countries such as Turkey, upward pressure on drug expenditure comes from a variety of factors...

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