Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to controversy when it comes to both historic and contemporary events. His compelling opinions even cover the subject of healthcare. According to Politico.com (per an online article by Nick Gass, Mar. 19) it is he (Erdogan), not President Barack Obama, who first conceived the idea for what is now famously known in the U.S. as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Erdogan further claims that others – and not solely Barack Obama – have come to him for advice on the implementation of nationwide healthcare systems for their respective countries. The Turkish president brags “that European officials have come to study its (Turkey’s) health care system.” Erdogan also says, “They try to take us as a model and build similar systems in their country. Don’t we have any deficiencies? We do, but now we are on the right path to success,” this also is according to Gass’s Politico story.
Yet Politico also says the U.S. State Department cautions that the level and quality of healthcare in Turkey “varies greatly.” For example, conceivably, Ankara and Istanbul may come to mind as metropolitan areas with up to date medical tech, while smaller cities and towns in Turkey likely constantly grapple with more advanced forms of medical treatments.