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Public health and Covid-19 in Turkey

Healthcare in Turkey

Healthcare in Turkey is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Turkey is 75.0 years for men and 80.8 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.1 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 396.47 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 4.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.81 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Turkey

By June 13th, 2022, 14680485 infected persons and 96585 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 14,680,485 infected people represent 17.41% of the country's total population.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Turkey results in a mortality rate of 0.7%. It should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
23/20224,4647
22/20223,72214
21/20227,60730
20/20228,07125
19/202212,42363
18/20229,80666
17/202215,82395
16/202224,601125
15/202238,304174
14/202267,655258

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height176 cm161 cm
BMI27.228.8
Weight84.0 kg75.0 kg

Diseases

TurkeyØ worldwide
Diabetes *11.10%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.02%0.13%
Malaria0.0%5.7%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

TurkeyØ worldwide
Measles95.0%84.0%
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
Tetanus9.5%0.0%
DTP *9.80%8.30%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Turkey, 30.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in TurkeyMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Turkey is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.9 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 148,000 physicians in Turkey, there are about 1.76 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 16 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: LIfe expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 122 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
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