Aim: The study investigates service delivery impacts to Syrian patients on the Turkish health
Method: The study was carried out in a retrospective and used the cross-sectional descriptive
design using the data of Syrian patients served in public and private health institutions
throughout Istanbul in 2018.
Results: Healthcare services were provided to 1,419,069 Syrian patients in health institutions
in Istanbul in 2018. This number constitutes 1.43% of general patient admissions. While the
ratio of Syrian patients to outpatient clinic admissions was 1.05%, the rate for emergency
services admissions was 2.82%. In addition, the rate of Syrian patients in general admissions
was 1.43%, while the rate among inpatients was 6.10%.
Conclusion: Turkey, despite having a health workforce and technical possibilities (numbers
of hospital beds, MR and CT devices) to have less opportunities from OECD countries, which
also share these resources with Syrian patients. Turkey offers health services to a substantial
amount of Syrian patients. Immigrant Syrian patients constitute 1.43% of general admissions to
hospitals. It is thought that this small health service burden will not adversely affect the delivery
of health services.