International consultant of World Health Organization in the meeting with the managers of Iran Health Insurance Organization

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May 20, 2019

In addition to the limited resources of the health system, Iran encounters the problem of sanction

International consultant of World Health Organization said: “Limitation in the health system budget is one of the main challenges in Iran. In addition to the problem of limited sources for service packages in Iran and the other countries, Iran encounters a special challenge of sanction.”

Reportedly from IHINA, in the meeting with the managers of Iran Health Insurance Organization, Dr. Leon Bijlmakers, assistant professor of economics and health management in the university of Radboudumc , the Netherlands, added: "We will consider the conditions and limitations of Iran when we put forward our ideas.”

He continued: “In various countries, including the Netherlands, regarding life expectancy, 30% of the health budget is considered for the elderly. These conditions persuade us to look for a better choice for health service packages. Although the process of modernizing technology and modern therapy is good and beneficial to the patient, the issue of technology creates high-cost problems which are much more than the elderly.”

Bijlmakers advised that with regard to the economic conditions, we needed various expertise in the health field and physicians or health service providers should take into account that treatment can not be advanced at a high cost and, but should have limited and specific costs.

He said: "In order to implement decisions, we have to consider a package based on the law that all beneficiaries in the health system will be convinced and cooperate. They should be in a way that we encounter less problems.”

To close he expressed “one of the old problems is the cost of cancer drugs or serious illnesses that should be discussed. The benefited persons should know the reason of the decision that a service or drug is covered by insurance or not to avoid passing indirect ways by physicians or patients.”