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Meeting on universal health coverage, 8–10 November 2011

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The first meeting on achieving universal health coverage in Islamic Republic of Iran was held in Tehran from 8 to 10 November 2011.

The aim of this meeting was to look at health coverage in terms of financial coverage (cost coverage), population coverage (breadth) and services coverage (depth and quality).

The meeting was attended by WHO staff and consultants, Iranian experts and health policy-makers at national and provincial levels who discussed: analysis of health and medical insurance, challenges and requirements of health insurance, implementation of the family physician programme, and consensus on policies and strategies for universal health coverage.

Improved policy responses in the aforementioned areas were provided to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands

79 926

Total health expenditure (as % of general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality per 100 000 live


Primary health care units and centres


Life expectancy


Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Islamic Republic of Iran country health profile

Regional Health Observatory