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Official: Iran's per capita health expenditures is 155 dollars

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- Deputy Health Minister for Management, Resources and Majlis Affairs Jafar Qaem-Panah said here Saturday that Iran's per capita health and treatment expenditure stands at a meager dlrs 155.

He told reporters that the figure compares with dlrs 2,359 in developed countries and dlrs 256 in oil producing states.

Of the sum, he said, the public's share is 60 percent and the government's 40 percent.

He lamented the shortage of funds in health care sector, adding, "Some 717 hospitals are operating in the country, of which 119 are privately-run."

Meanwhile, another Deputy Health Minister Ismail Akbari said here earlier in December that the financial costs attributed to premature deaths in Iran are estimated to be US dlrs 19.5 billion annually.

He said each year in Iran over four to 5.3 million years are lost due to premature deaths 'which is equivalent to country's total oil and non-oil revenues'.

He also blamed the traffic-related and other types of accidents as the reason for these deaths.

He said most of the deaths under 50 years of age is associated with various accidents, and for the people over 50, heart and coronary-related diseases have been shown to be closely linked with premature death.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Akbari said that health is basis of a sustainable socio-economic development and 'allocating sufficient investments in the sector is the fastest and most convenient approach for reducing poverty in the society'.

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