Effects of expanding a non-contributory health insurance scheme on out-of-pocket healthcare spending by the poor in Turkey

Tirgil A. , Dickens W. T. , Atun R.

BMJ Global Health, vol.4, no.4, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001540
  • Title of Journal : BMJ Global Health


Introduction Insufficient or no health insurance creates financial access barriers to healthcare services, especially for vulnerable populations. The Green Card scheme, a non-contributory government-funded health insurance scheme for the poor in Turkey, was expanded in 2003-2006 and has provided citizens with extended benefits. We study the effects of this expansion of the Green Card scheme on out-of-pocket healthcare expenditures for low-income households.