World Bulletin/News Desk
In Turkey, spending for social benefits in 2013 rose to 13.8 percent of GDP, the Turkish Statistical Institute said in a report released on Monday.
Expenditure on social protection accounted for 219. 9 billion Turkish liras in 2013, an increase of 12.5 percent from that of the previous year, the report said.
The government has become the main financial source of social protection expenditure; almost half of total receipts, 41.1 percent, are paid from the national budget.
Contributions from employers constituted 27.7 percent of all social protection spending, while 25.2 percent was paid by people already benefiting from social protection programs.
In terms of GDP, social protection expenditure on older citizens took the largest share, rising to 6.7 percent of GDP in 2013 from 6.5 percent in 2012.
Spending on healthcare services was 4.2 percent of GDP, and funds paid to widows and orphans were 1.6 percent of GDP.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Aralık 2014, 12:44