Publication: Health Systems Strengthening Lessons from the Turkish Experience
In 2003, the Government of Turkey launched an Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) reform called the 'Health Transformation Program' (HTP). The HTP was designed to address these health system challenges. It was recognized at the outset that without system-wide reforms, significant and sustainable changes in health system performance could not take place. The overall objective of the HTP was to make the health system more effective by improving governance, efficiency, user and provider satisfaction, and long-term sustainability. The main elements of the HTP are: (i) establishment of a single purchaser in the health system; (ii) focusing the Ministry of Health (MoH) on stewardship functions; (iii) making the public sector health services delivery network autonomous; and (iv) strengthening human resources management and information systems in the health system. In its technical focus and paradigm, the HTP represents a classic 'textbook' approach to HSS which many Bank clients are trying to implement.
“Chakraborty, Sarbani. 2009. Health Systems Strengthening Lessons from the Turkish Experience. Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Brief; Volume No. 12. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/cccc9942-e6b2-5cac-9a86-80a3a706bb24 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”