Early experience of universal health coverage in Turkey on access to health services for the poor: Regression kink design analysis

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Tirgil A., Gurol-Urganci I., Atun R.

Journal of Global Health, vol.8, no.2, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.7189/jogh.08.020412
  • Journal Name: Journal of Global Health
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus


Background In 2003, the Turkish government introduced a major health system reform, the Health Transformation Program (HTP), aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). HTP has helped to expand insurance coverage and health benefits for the uninsured population groups, which included low-income households and the unemployed, through the Green Card scheme, a non-contributory health insurance funded by the government. The Green Card scheme expansion began in 2005 and increased rapidly after 2008, following the introduction of a new comprehensive benefits package, to cover an additional 13 million people.