Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Melania’s jacket: What did it mean?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Read more

THE DEBATE

Zero Tolerance: Does Border Security Trump Compassion?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Let's become French!

Read more

FOCUS

Taking sides: The dual-nationality footballers playing at the World Cup

Read more

FASHION

Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's Pelagos sanctuary, a haven for whales and dolphins

Read more

#THE 51%

Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

Read more

#TECH 24

Motorsport innovation

Read more

Americas

Erdogan says he advised Obama on healthcare reform

© HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2015-03-19

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he once advised US President Barack Obama to reform the healthcare system after hearing from American tourists in Turkey.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony for a health complex in Ankara on March 18, Erdogan said Obama's healthcare reforms were only partly successful due to the negative reactions of many in the United States.

Erdogan said he once attended Friday prayers at Sultan Ahmet Mosque (known as the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul and spoke to some American tourists. "They asked me how we could be so successful with healthcare and wanted me to talk about it to Obama,” Erdogan said, as he was due to visit Washington the following week.

“I then talked about the issue with Mr. Obama. Of course, the negative reflex there (in the US) made it really hard for him,” he added.

Erdogan said officials from European countries also visit Turkey to study the healthcare system.

“They try to take us as a model and build similar systems in their countries. Do we have any deficiencies? We do, but now we are on the right path to success,” he said.

Click here to read the full story on Hürriyet Daily News.

Date created : 2015-03-19

  • TURKEY

    Video: Protester throws juice at Turkey's ambassador in Paris

    Read more

  • HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

    Interview: France ‘100 percent’ happy with Turkey on security

    Read more

  • TURKEY

    Turkey frees teen detained for insulting Erdogan

    Read more

COMMENT(S)