Health expenditures posted an annual increase of 17.5% to 165.2 billion Turkish liras ($28.5 billion) in 2018, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) revealed on Tuesday.

“The proportion of current health expenditure to total health expenditure was 93.1% for 2017 and 93.8% for 2018,” the TurkStat said.

It added the ratio of government health expenditure-to-total health expenditure was 77.5% in 2018, down from 78% in 2017.

“The proportion of total health expenditure to GDP was 4.4% last year. This ratio for general government was 3.4%,” it indicated.

It also reported that the number of hospitals in Turkey surged by 11,065

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