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More than 10,000 doctors, medicine students protest Turkey’s new health care system

ANKARA, Turkey – More than 10,000 doctors and medicine students are protesting the Turkish government decision to introducte a new health care system, which they claim compromises the quality of health care.

The protesters, some wearing doctor’s uniforms, gathered outside the Health Ministry in Ankara on Sunday, shouting slogans against the government.

They warn that the quality of care could deteriorate since under the new system health workers would be paid based on the number of patients they care for.

The government says the new system is designed to keep the doctors at state-run hospitals by offering competitive salaries based on their performance and discourage them from treating patients at private clinics.

© Canadian Press

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