The growing dependency in health care - Recent changes in medical technology imports and exports in Turkey

Semin S., GÜLDAL A. D.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE, vol.12, no.4, pp.752-754, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


This study investigates recent changes related to the import and export of medical technology and their results in Turkey. Between 1980 and 1993 the number of medical technology imports in Turkey rose, and there was a parallel rise in its ratio to total imports and health expenditures. In contrast the ratio of medical technology exports to total exports decreased significantly in the same period. The liberalization of foreign trade and the changes of health services toward free market policy has caused growing import of medical technology in Turkey.