Saturday January 25, 2014, 3:03 pm
Kind of gives a new meaning, or at least a new paradigm, for "damned if you do and damned of you don't," doesn't it? And what is it about health care that it is suddenly such a huge issue world wide in such disparate ways?
Saturday January 25, 2014, 4:23 pm
heard that, yes, time to TOPPLE the dictator! my heart goes out to the turkish people all the time and especially to heartbroken Suheyla, our friend here. Thx Judi.
Joanne-would that have anything to do with the TPP perhaps?;)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 4:52 am
Well, once health care is government control one can expect that eventually it will effectively make medicine an instrument of state policy, subverting its independence.
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:04 am
Then the treat of jail should not bother them. However the Physicians for Human Rights are not under government control, they are the one that issued the warning that it was a bad thing, as doctors are the ones that can be fined and serve time.. Actually Turkey has a very complex health care system because of the existence of different plans and departments involved in this sector. All health care and related social welfare activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Health. Article 60 of the Turkish Constitution quotes: "Every individual is entitled to social security. The State takes the necessary measures to create this confidence and organizes the organization". Therefore, the Ministry is responsible to provide health care for the people and organize preventive health services, build and operate state hospitals, supervise private hospitals, train medical personnel, regulate the price of medical drugs nationwide, control drug production and all pharmacies. Therefore this law has some real consequences as it will be very hard to hide any "wrong doing."
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:10 am
Threat of jail and related human rights abuses should bother everyone, even if the doctors continue to risk it by treating protestors in keeping with their Hippocratic Oaths..
The people of Turkey and other countries need help, they need the UN to interfere a bit and it would not hurt if the United States applied some economic pressure. NATO is not really as important as it once was, some economic sanctions from the US and our friends might have Turkey re-thinking this policy.
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:55 am
What the Hello Kitty has Abdullah Gül been smoking? I hope that the Turkish people raise hell and have this idiotic, foolish and horrible law thrown out. When enough people die, their grieving loved ones and friends will hand Gül (and if I remember my Turkish pronunciation right, that is pronounced almost like "ghoul") his own political ass.
Sunday January 26, 2014, 12:22 pm
It's really sad to hear about this type of government & cruelty to any people. Really horrific to hear what can happen during Emergency care in Turkey. Thanks for posting JL