Two brief reports on how the Iranian health sector is getting on

Iran-Crescent Society

Medical services have improved both within and beyond Iranian borders and have become more affordable and higher in quality.

Shahrvand, a newspaper run by the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, put two medical reports on its front page on October 21. What comes next is a partial translation of these two reports:

State-run hospitals have made a recovery

The Health Ministry has managed to push down healthcare costs paid by patients as much as 90 percent less than one year into Mr. Rouhani’s presidency. Not only have copayments for visits to doctors declined, but patients do not face any problems with health fees while being hospitalized.

“Copay in state-run hospitals and in medical facilities affiliated to the Health Ministry is as little as six percent in cities and four percent in rural areas for inpatient services. As for outpatient procedures, the copayment is 10 percent,” Deputy Health Minister for Treatment and Secretary of the National Health Evolution Plan Mohammad Haji-Aghajani told the daily.

Under new arrangements all those who pay a visit to state-run hospitals access a lot of services and those who are not insured will swiftly get insurance coverage upon arrival in a state hospital in less than an hour.

A new phase of a hospital owned by Iran’s Red Crescent Society opens in Dubai

A new 220-bed building of a hospital owned by Iran’s Red Crescent Society officially opened on October 20. Director of Iran’s Red Crescent Society Dr. Mohammad Farhadi, Iran’s Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Reza Fayyaz, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority Essa al-Haj al-Maidoor and some other officials from the Supreme Council of Iran’s Red Crescent Society were on hand for the ceremony.

The new hospital building has 16 ER beds, an isolation room, an ER VIP, a well-equipped laboratory, three P.I.C.U beds, outpatient rooms, radiotherapy, M.R.I, C.T scan and endoscopy units, optometry and dermatology and infertility clinics, a dental center and several other advanced wards to provide excellent health services to the public.

The addition includes a center for analysis of genome, immunity and health, unique in the Persian Gulf states. The Dubai-based Iranian hospital also renders specialized pediatricsurgeries.

Planning for health promotion

At the inaugural, Dr. Farhadi highlighted efforts to recruit and engage elite scientists and researchers in health centers overseas in a bid to promote international cooperation in fulfilling humanitarian objectives in the region and said, “In today’s world, the core, humanitarian goal of national societies can only be attained through empathy, cooperation and exchange of views between nations.” […]

Two thousand patients are examined daily

Forty-three years ago when those in charge of the Iranian Red Crescent Society set up a small clinic in a deprived neighborhood of Dubai with the aim of providing humanitarian services to the disadvantaged, they would not have thought that the small clinic would one day turn into a 220-bed hospital.

The Public Relations Office of the society reported that 2,000 patients are examined by doctors in this hospital every day and aside from 600,000 Iranians who rely on the health services of this center, medical services of high quality offered in this hospital have to some extent gained the trust of Emirati people in Iranian doctors and health services in Dubai.

Promotion of health services is inevitable and the services presented by the Red Crescent Society of Iran have always helped Iran stand out in the region.

Emad Askarieh
Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.
   
   

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