TurkStat: Expenditure on social protection was 542 billion 2 million TL in 2019
Expenditure on social protection accounted for 542 billion 2 million TL in 2019 by increasing 20.8% according to the expenditure in 2018, Turkish Statistical Institute said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, expenditure on social protection consisted 98.4% of payments for social protection benefits (533 billion 168 million TL).
The largest expenditure on social protection benefits was the old age function with 263 billion 78 million TL followed by those related to the sickness/health care function with 146 billion 35 million TL.
The social protection expenditure accounted for 12.5 % of GDP
Expenditure on social protection accounted for 12.5% of gross domestic products (GDP) in 2019. Expenditure on social protection benefits recorded as 12.3% of GDP. When the expenditures on risks or needs were considered, the expenditure on old age function was the largest with 6.1% of GDP followed by those related to the sickness/health care function with 3.4% of GDP and survivors function with 1.5% of GDP.
Means-tested benefits represented 9.6% of the total social protection benefits
The largest part of the means-tested benefits was provided under the family/children function with 40.4% followed by disability with 27.4% and sickness/health care with 13.8%.
Cash benefits represented 67.8% of the total social protection benefits
The majority of the cash benefits was related to old age function 72.5% followed by survivors function 17.5% and the unemployment function with 4.2%.
Government contributions constituted 40.2% of social protection receipts
Government contributions accounted for 40.2% of social protection receipts. Social contributions by employers' represented 27.9% and protected people social contributions constituted 23.6% of social protection receipts.
Number of pension beneficiaries accounted for 14 million 89 thousand people
While the number of pension beneficiaries (old age, survivors and disability pension) were 13 million 766 thousand in 2018, it became 14 million 89 thousand by increasing 2.3% in 2019. Number of pension benefits reached to 14 million 747 thousand in 2019 while it was 14 million 389 thousand in 2018. (ILKHA)