Erdogan says he advised Obama on healthcare reform


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.

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