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Burden of health expenditure on citizens in Turkey grows

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25-Oct-14 Turkish people’s healthcare spending rose 85% from 2009 to 2014, as a major shift in the burden of expenditure away from the state took place. Patients are charged up to ten different types of fees, such as examination payment and pillbox payment, when paying for treatment and medication. [image: Today's Zaman]

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Needless end of life suffering in Mexico

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24-Oct-14 Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses in Mexico suffer unnecessarily from severe pain and other symptoms, says Human Rights Watch. Although Mexico’s health law explicitly grants people a right to palliative care, the service is offered almost exclusively at large specialist hospitals. [image: Ed Kashi / VII Photo for Human Rights Watch]

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Boost for traditional Thai medical services and herbs

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23-Oct-14 Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is accelerating the development of traditional Thai medical services, and giving a major boost to the use of Thai herbal remedies combined with modern medicine, in an effort to reduce dependence on imported pharmaceuticals. [image: Orchid Travel]

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