Istanbul, 24 August 2012 - Due to increasing demand information released from Turkey’s Private Hospitals and Health Institutions Association shows 50 new private hospitals are expected to be open by the end 2012. Reforms by Turkey’s Social Security Institution which allows patients to make free of charge use of private hospitals for emergency rooms and intensive care free has fuelled the demands for space. Currently Turkey has over 500 private hospitals of which 160 are inIstanbul, 30 of the new hospitals will be located in Istanbul taking the total up to 190 with 16,000 beds. The total number of state and private hospitals in Turkey currently stands at about 1,500 who employ 20,000 doctors. Source: Todays zaman.