1. Information for Patients
There are three different types of healthcare in Iran including public, private and non-governmental healthcare. About 90 percent of people have some form of health insurance. Public hospitals offer free services or with low cost. Private hospitals provide better services and facilities; but they charge high fees.
The health care system in Iran is based on health insurance. About 70 percent of the health costs are covered by insurance. There are different types of health insurance such as governmental, private, military and charity. The Social security, which is a kind of a governmental insurance, insures employed citizens and their families. Therefore, health insurance in Iran plays a pivotal role to make health system efficient for about all the people.
2. Information for Health Care Professionals
In Iran medical students are selected via a very competitive national university entrance exam. Once they enter medical school, the students have to continue their study until they graduate as an MD (Doctor of Medicine) and qualify as general physicians. The duration of the medical school in Iran is 7 years. The languages of instruction are Farsi and English.
Usually, all fields in Iran are good and popular such as Neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, general and internal medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, radiology, general surgery, plastic surgery and the like . But, some hospitals are popular for some fields. For example, Arad hospital is popular for neurology and neurosurgery; or, Day hospital, is well known for cardiology.(Both hospitals are in Tehran). However, there may be a need for medical professionals with expertise in treating diseases such as infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes.
3. Information for Travelers
There are two types of medical tourism: Some are travellers coming from neighbour countries such as Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Oman, and Afghanistan, and the other travellers come from developed countries. They are usually looking for lifesaving treatments and cosmetic surgeries and other kinds of treatment. A key factor in choosing Iran for these services,is the Iranian surgeons’ high experience and proficiency in the field.
MMR and DTap vaccines are necessary for all the travellers and also there are some other vaccines which is essential for some travellers such as Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Cholera Travel vaccine and Rabies.
Farsi is most commonly spoken in hospitals but most of the medical doctors, nurses and other staff can speak English.
Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran