Medipolitan Health and Education Services, a healthcare provider group in Turkey owned by the country’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, increased its capital from 30 million Turkish Liras (~$4 million) to 100 million Turkish Liras (~$13.6 million) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It is noteworthy that the Minister’s healthcare company increased its capital in December 2019, when the coronavirus outbreak first emerged throughout the world.
The story of Medipolitan Health and Education Services, led by Turkey’s Minister of Health, dates back to the 90s. As the company started to grow with the Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s accession to political power in 2002, the Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was known as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family doctor.
Turkish President’s mother, Tenzile Erdoğan, had received treatment for a long time at the Medipol Hospital in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district and died at the age of 88. Turkish President’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brother, Mustafa Erdogan, and his uncle Saim Mutlu, were also treated at the Medipol Hospital, belonging to Medipolitan Health and Education Group.
Medipolitan Health and Education Services increased its capital from 3.5 million Turkish Liras (~$475 thousand) to 5 million Turkish Liras (~$678 thousand) on June 14, 2007. A big merger took place two years after this capital increase.
When Medipolitan Health and Education Services incorporated Medi Zinde Health Services and Haksağ Health Services, owned by the pro-government Iskenderpasha movement affiliated with the Islamic cult of Naqshbandi, on March 12, 2009, its capital reached 14.3 million Turkish Liras (~$2 million). Turkey’s Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, is also known for his strong ties to the Iskenderpasha movement.
Koca, who is among the five shareholders of the company, had 12 million 427 thousand Turkish Liras (~$1.69 million) and his brother, Özer Koca, had 285 thousand 400 Turkish Liras [$38.684] at the time.
After he was appointed as the Minister of Health on July 10, 2018, Fahrettin Koca left his position in the company on July 21.
Following the appointment of Koca as Turkey’s Minister of Health, Medipolitan Health and Education Services began to attract a great deal of attention due to privileges granted to the company as a favor of its strong relations with the Turkish government.
In July 2019, a historical building constructed in 1928, which was used as the General Directorate of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in Ankara and later transformed into a guesthouse along with the area where the museum, including works written by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, children’s nursery and lodgings, were unlawfully given to Istanbul Medipol University, whose one of the founders is Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.
Moreover, Istanbul Medipol University, which acquired historical buildings belonging to the Ankara train station, was further granted TEKEL [previously state-owned Turkish tobacco and alcoholic beverages company) building in Istanbul, certain lands in Istanbul’s Kavacık district and in the capital Ankara, which is worth 200 million Turkish Liras ($27.1 million).
Uncomfortable with the news reported about the unlawful allocations of historical buildings belonging to TCDD, the university management had launched legal action, requesting censorship for a large of news published about the issue. The court ruled 564 news including terms denoting unlawful and questionable transactions to be denied access on the pretext that ‘‘the language used is defamatory and accusatory, and it may lead the reader to be suspicious and hostile’’.
Last year, Murat Emir, the parliamentary main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s Ankara Deputy, had stated that lands in Etimesgut district of Ankara were transferred from the Treasury to the state-owned TOKİ in 2004, and then, TOKİ (Turkey’s Housing Development Administration) transferred these lands to Turkey Education, Health, Science, and Research Foundation (TEBA), whose president was the current Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca.
In November 2019, Medipolitan Health and Education Services received an investment incentive certificate of 220 million 600 thousand Turkish Liras ($29.9 million). The company currently has 10 hospitals in Istanbul.
TURKISH HEALTH MINISTER HAD ISSUED SPECIAL CIRCULAR FOR HIS HOSPITAL
Last year, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca issued a ‘‘special’’ circular for his Medipol Mega University Hospital, upgrading it to the status of ‘‘advanced hospital’’ for more profit.
Reminding that the guesthouse in the historic train station building in Ankara was given to the Medipol University owned by the Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) President Sinan Adıyaman had said that the circular was not ethical and acceptable.
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