The Effect of Covid-19 on Healthcare Doctors in Turkey: The Case of Istanbul Chapa (Çapa) Hospital


'Istanbul Chapa hospital'
'Social state'
Neoliberal Policies
'Global Health' Covid-19, Istanbul Chapa Hospital, Social State, Neoliberal Policies, Doctors, Global Health.

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CHAYCHI SEMSARI, M., & KARADAL, K. (2021). The Effect of Covid-19 on Healthcare Doctors in Turkey: The Case of Istanbul Chapa (Çapa) Hospital: Covid-19 on Healthcare Doctors in Turkey. PRIZREN SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL, 5(2), 65-74.


After 1945, states began to be more effective on the economy. This situation showed itself under the name of Welfare State or Social State. However, neo-liberal policies were seen as a solution to the economic problems that started to be experienced from the beginning of the 1980s, and the Social State or Welfare State practices began to decline. Depending on the expansion of neo-liberal policies, states have withdrawn from many service areas in accordance with the free market understanding. One of these withdrawals is health services.

Health services have been transformed into free market conditions through privatization, and the health service that citizens benefit from has been transformed into paid. On the other hand, in line with neo-liberal policies, principles such as performance, contract and productivity have been introduced to healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers and especially doctors are at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19, which started in Wuhan, China and spread to the world. In order to eradicate the epidemic, doctors had to face the worsening working conditions (suspension of the rights to resign and ask for retirement, excessive patient care, etc.) while racing against time to save the patients. This situation brings with it many problems in working life for the doctors who are fighting the epidemic in Turkey as well as in the world.

In this study, the effect of the covid-19 epidemic in Turkey on the pandemic service of Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty Chapa Hospital in the process leading to the liquidation of the social state was investigated.


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