According to senior Iranian budget officials, government spending in the healthcare sector has increased by six times in just eight years to over 6 billion USD.
Hamid Pour Asghari, deputy head of the Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) of Iran, said that projected annual healthcare spending for the year beginning March 2021 would have reached 1,420 trillion rials, up from 230 trillion rials spent in 2013 when the current administration took office.
Pour Asghari said, ‘the percentage of healthcare spending from the entire budget has increased to 17% from 10% in 2013.’
Healthcare spending per capita has risen over four times in eight years to 13 million rials for the current calendar year. Out of pocket payments by patients has fallen to only 10% in urban area and 5% for people living in the countryside says the current government.
[42350 Iranian rials = 1 United States Dollar]
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