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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2004): Welfare State - Overseas

SOCIAL PROTECTION IN TURKEY: FRAGMENTED AND DISCONNECTED FROM THE SUPPLY OF HOSPITAL CARE

R. Holeman

International Social Security Review, Vol. 57, Apr.-June 2004, p.63-86

Turkey's social protection system and hospital services both consist of a patchwork of schemes and arrangements based on the occupational situation of beneficiaries. Different social protection schemes and types of hospital are effectively sealed off from each other. The resulting fragmentation of access to care is at the root of shortcomings in the social security coverage of the population. It explains the emergence of stopgap arrangements devised by various social actors, including the state, charitable foundations, community associations, local government and private enterprise.

THE WELFARE STATE AS A DETERMINANT OF WOMEN'S HEALTH: SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S QUALITY OF LIFE IN CANADA AND FOUR COMPARISON NATIONS

D. Raphael and T. Bryant

Health Policy, Vol. 68, 2004, p.63-74

The paper considers the extent to which women's health and well-being are promoted by governmental action in Canada and four comparison nations (Denmark, Sweden, the UK and the USA). It draws on indicator data from the OECD and the United Nations Human Development Programme and analyses of two issues of particular importance to women: child care and long-term home care provision. It finds that women's quality of life is better in countries with a social welfare approach to social policy such as Sweden and Denmark than in those such as the UK and USA.

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