Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Iran can manage to offer healthcare services to a market of more than 400 million people in the region, Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said on Sunday, IRNA news agency reported.
Heart surgery at Razavi Hospital in Mashhad, Iran (2012 file photo)
Talking in an annual gathering of Iranian ambassadors in Tehran, Qazizadeh Hashemi pointed out that how effective and mighty is the current health system which not only can guarantee services for Iranians but is able to extend its valuable services to address the needs of the population in the region.
"In collaboration with its regional partners Iran's health system should become the health hub of the region," he stated.
The minster also touched on the drug shortage caused by brutal sanctions, saying Iran could successfully leave them behind.
"We have also dispatched about 7,000 specialists to poor regions," Qazizadeh Hashemi highlighted.
Before carrying out the new health plan the out-of-pocket money people should pay was 60 percent which has now declined to 6 percent for citizens living in cities and 3 percent for citizens living in villages, he explained.
"We are still facing different challenges in this area; for instance we are short of at least 100,000 beds in our hospitals nationwide."
"Iran is unrivaled in medical sciences in the region and we should use this potential to our benefit by sending specialists and nurses to other countries," he said, adding, "The post-sanction era is the best time to raise fund and build hospitals in the country."
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