Anita Naimi is an internist at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
For her, Turkey’s healthcare system is dysfunctional and lacking in transparency.
In her first year of residency at the hospital, she helped to coordinate an emergency response in the wake of a suspected measles outbreak.
“I saw a lot of families who needed to be evacuated,” she says.
Her colleague, Tengru Eceboglu, had already been treating a measles patient.
When the patient went into an isolation ward, they found him with a fever and pneumonia.
The patient had a severe infection that had spread to his lungs and he was unable to breathe.
Ecebsoglu and Naimis team immediately contacted health officials and, soon after, dispatched three more doctors.
After the doctors were dispatched, the patient recovered and the patient was transferred to another hospital.
Ecebsğoğoğoğ, an experienced clinician, says he and his colleagues were impressed by how quickly the patient got better and returned to work.
A year later, Ecebaroglu says he’s still not sure how many people are being treated for measles in Turkey.
One of his colleagues, Fatma Akkoyan, has also been working in Turkey for two years.
She says that she is worried about the health system’s transparency.
“We’re not doing enough,” she told Al Jazeera.
“It’s very hard for people to get a fair hearing.”
The Turkish Medical Association has proposed a draft legislation to reform the country’s healthcare systems.
The draft law is set to be debated in parliament on March 29.
It proposes establishing a national registry of doctors and hospitals, as well as setting up a central register of all doctors and specialists in the country.
But it also proposes a series of reforms to address the shortcomings of the current system.
The government’s proposed reforms, which were revealed in March, would include making it easier for patients to seek medical care and more efficient administration of the healthcare system.
The draft legislation, which calls for a national register of doctors, has not yet been ratified by parliament.
However, the Turkish Medical Union is calling on the government to adopt the proposal and to set up a national healthcare register within the next six months.
This draft legislation will need to be approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare before it becomes law.
The bill is likely to come into force in April.
As for Ecebboğoğoglu and Akkoglu, they are not worried about their patients getting better.
The two are working on a book that they hope will shed light on what the doctors and other health workers in Turkey are doing.