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Journal:   MEDICAL JOURNAL OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN (MJIRI)   2018 , Volume 32 , Number 1; Page(s) 0 To 0.

A comparison of the earnings of specialist physicians and nurses before and after implementing the Iran’ s New Tariffs Book

Author(s):  MAZDAKI ALIREZA, REZAPOUR AZIZ, AZARI SAMAD*, Harati Khaliabad Touraj, BEHZADIFAR MASOUD, Razi Moghadam Mahya, Raei Behzad, RAADABADI MEHDI
* Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Background: The fair wage to specialist physicians and nurses can enhance their job motivation, quality of work, job satisfaction level, and improve the delivery of services to patients. The present study aimed to compare the proportion of changes in earnings of specialist physicians and nurses before and after implementing the Iran’ s New Tariffs Book and compare their average income with a number of selected countries. Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was conducted cross-sectional in the hospitals affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) in 2016. Six months before and after the announcement and implementation of the Iran’ s New Tariffs Book, the relative values of healthcare services were compared. Study population included all specialist physicians and nurses working in the hospitals affiliated to IUMS. Sample size was determined by sampling formula. Results: The proportion of changes in the income of medical specialists and nurses after establishing the book varied between 8% and 184%. Based on our findings, the highest increases were observed in internal medicine (184%), surgery (160%), gastroenterology (153%), and pediatrics (120%), whereas, the lowest ones belonged to ophthalmology (8%), emergency medicine (11%), neurology (24%) and anesthesia (32%). Nurses’ income was surged by 43%. Conclusion: Pursuant to the findings, the income belonged to all examined medical specialists and nursing groups has increased after implementing the Iran’ s New Tariffs Book. The result suggested that income differences among groups have been broadened after the implementation of the Book. There was a wide and significant difference in specialist physicians’ income vis-à-vis nursing groups’ income before and after establishing the New Book.
Keyword(s): Medical tariffs,Specialists,Nurses,Earnings,Iran
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