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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT   2019 , Volume 8 , Number 6; Page(s) 384 To 386.
 
Paper: 

Health Financing Consequences of Implementing Health Transformation Plan in Iran: Achievements and Challenges (Letter to Editor)

 
 
Author(s):  DOSHMANGIR LEILA, BAZYAR MOHAMMAD, NAJAFI BEHZAD, Haghparast Bidgoli Hassan
 
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Abstract: 
Dear Editor, Backing by strong political support of the government, Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) launched a major and ambitious reform in Iran on May 5, 2014 entitled “ Health Transformation Plan (HTP)” to address the main challenges in the healthcare system including high levels of out-of-pocket (OOP) payments, irrational medical tariffs, and low quality healthcare services. 1, 2 HTP aimed to address these issues through a number of strategies. These included increasing government spending on health, extending health insurance coverage, increasing medical tariffs, creating new hospitals in deprived regions and increasing hospital beds and recruiting more physicians and health workers, such as nurses and midwifes, in remote areas as well as repairing and renovating public hospitals and health facilities. 3, 4 HTP intended to cover four domains including medical services, public health and primary healthcare, medical education, and pharmaceutical products.
 
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