Health survey finds most Turkish people feel healthy, happy

A new health report found that most Turks feel “happy” and “healthy” as researchers interpret this result as an indicator of the country’s young population.

“It is because of the young population that the general feeling of being healthy is prominent,” the survey said. “In addition, only 10 percent of people say that they don’t feel confident about the education and health system.”

The survey, “Health in Turkey,” was conducted as part of the 45-nation survey of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) in October-December of last year in Turkey by a team led by Sabancı University Professor Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Koç University Professor Ali Çarkoğlu. The results were presented at a press conference on June 12.

The percentage of Turks who feel generally happy is 60 percent and 70-75 percent when it comes to feeling healthy. The survey says the number of people who feel generally happy has increased in the past few years. Only 15 percent of the survey respondents indicated that they have no health insurance.

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