The MoH, which is established in 1920, is the main government body responsible for health sector policy making, implementation of national health strategies through programs and direct provision of health services. Ministry of Health (MoH), which was established in 1920, is the main government body responsible for health sector policy making, implementation of national health strategies through programs and direct provision of health services in Turkey. MoH is the major provider of primary and secondary health care, maternal health services, children’s and family planning services. It is essentially the only provider of preventive health services through an extensive network of health facilities (health centers and health posts) providing primary, secondary, and specialized in-patient and out-patient services. As of 2007, MoH has 801 hospitals and approximately 6,000 health centers – about twice as many as a decade ago.
MoH currently comprises nine general directorates: (i) International Relations and European Union, (ii) Health Information Systems, (iii) Improvement of Health, (iv) Health Researches, (v) Administrative Services, (vi) Emergency Health Services, (vii) Health Investments, (viii) Health Services, and (ix) Borders and Maritime Health.
In MoH, EMPOWER Project, like many other e-health projects, is administered by the General Directorate of Health Information Systems.
The organization is essentially structured along vertical lines of responsibility reflected in the topic-based, functional divisions within each directorate also at the provincial level and, to a certain extent, in health centers and posts. At the provincial level, provincial health directorates (for 81 provinces) are responsible for administering health services provided by MOH. The provincial health directorates are accountable to provincial governors for administrative matters and to MoH for technical matters.
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