There are many ways in Turkey to provide financing for health services. One of these methods is user charges within the scope of out-of-pocket payments. User charges is to be paid by the general health insurance or by those who are obliged to take care of someone in order to benefit from the health services. The overall evaluation and awareness levels of the patients for this application is important. In this study, it is aimed to examine the general evaluation of the cost sharing applications in Turkey (such as out of pocket payments paid to the usage of family medicine and the emergency services of State Hospital, University Hospital and Private hospitals as well as to the drug fees) and find out how much the patients are willing to pay out of pocket. This study also aims to show whether these levels of evaluation and level of agreement differ according to demographic variables. For this purpose, 501 individuals who are above 18 years old were reached in Isparta province center. The Cost Sharing Questionnaire develeoped by the researcher was used as a data collection tool.
Health care financing, cost recovery, user charges, cost-sharing, coinsurance