Overall Description of the Sector
The Islamic Republic of Iran's healthcare system has achieved the highest standards in the region approved by the World Health Organization. The healthcare system in Iran is equipped with a very well-trained and capable care team, a vast healthcare network and infrastructure, and high-standard teaching programs to educate the next generations of healthcare workers. Iran manufactures over 96% of its drug and nearly 50% of its medical equipment is domestically produced.
Healthcare in Iran is based on three pillars: the public-governmental system, the private sector, and NGOs. The largest healthcare delivery network is owned and run by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) through its network of health establishments and medical schools in the country. MOHME is in charge of the provision of healthcare services through its network, medical insurance, medical education, supervision and regulation of the healthcare system in the country, policymaking, production and distribution of pharmaceuticals, and research and development. Additionally, there are other parallel organizations such as Medical Services Insurance Organizations (MSIO) that have been established to act as a relief foundation as well as an insurance firm. Some hospitals, such as Mahak for children's cancer, are run by charitable foundations.
Iran's primary healthcare system has been rated as "excellent" by UNICEF. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) and the Social Security Organization (SSO) as the most important and largest healthcare providers in Iran operate public hospitals. These hospitals are typically under the direct management of public universities.
Iran pharmaceutical environment
Iran Health Sector Guide
IRAN World Health Report