Hard-to-treat diseases push 3.6% of Iranians into poverty

TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) – Due to high costs of curing hard-to-treat diseases 3.6% of the country’s population push below the poverty line through the first stage of treatment, a member of Iran’s Medical Council warned here on Saturday.

The rate is projected to be reduced to less than 1% by the end of the Fourth Development Plan (2005-2010) in March 2010,” Mohammad-Taqi Nurbakhsh said.

 

The WHO 2008 report found striking inequalities in health outcomes, access to care, and what people have to pay for care around the world. It said the differences were starker today than 30 years ago.

 

Globally, annual government expenditure on health varies from as little as $20 per person to well over $6,000.

 

For great numbers of Iranians, more than half of all health care expenditure is through out-of-pocket payments, pushing many people below the poverty line, Nurbakhsh lamented.    

 

According to WHO, better use of existing preventive measures could reduce the global burden of disease by as much as 70%.

 

Nurbakhsh warning that health systems would not naturally gravitate towards greater fairness and efficiency – urged government and non-government organizations, particularly welfare and social security ministry, to take concrete action to promote effective primary care in a bid to resolve problems health care system are faced with.

 

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MNA

 

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