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Health care financing

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Total health expenditure in Islamic Republic of Iran has increased rapidly in the past decade. The per capita health expenditure increased from US$ 65 in 2000 to US$ 259 in 2007. In the same period per capita government expenditure increased from US$ 24 to US$ 121. However, the share of out-of-pocket expenditure is still over 50%.

The health care financing system is organized through a number of public and non-public insurance schemes. Insurance schemes have developed in some parallel over time. Access to services and choice of provider is determined largely by the type of insurance coverage.

There are several insurers, each with a different benefits package, co-payments and referral systems. Following the implementation of the family practice programme in urban areas a pooled fund for co-payment and unique referral system has been proposed. There is high possibility of reducing out-of-pocket expenditure if a new scheme is implemented.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (x1000) (2016)


Total health expenditure (%general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality per 100 000 live


Primary health care units and centres


Hospital beds per 10000 pop.


Life expectancy (F/M)

75.7 (76.9/74.6)

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