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The Distribution of Health Services in Iran Health Care System: A Case Study at East Azerbaijan

Hassan Almaspoor-khangah, Ali Janati , Ali Imani, Masumeh Gholizadeh

Hassan Almaspoor-khangah
Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Ali Janati
Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Email: Janati1382@gmail.com

Ali Imani
Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Masumeh Gholizadeh
Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Medical Informatics, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Online First: October 26, 2016 | Cite this Article
Almaspoor-khangah, H., Janati, A., Imani, A., Gholizadeh, M. 2016. The Distribution of Health Services in Iran Health Care System: A Case Study at East Azerbaijan. Bali Medical Journal 5(3): 502-508. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v5i3.314


Background: It is necessary that various aspects of health information and statistics are identified and measured since health problems are getting more complex day by day. Objective: This study is aimed to investigate the distribution of health services in the health care system in Iran and the case of study is East Azerbaijan province. Methods: This research was a retrospective, descriptive, cross-sectional study. The statistical population included all health service providers in East Azerbaijan Province in the public, private, charity, military, social security, and NGO sectors. In this study, the data from all functional health sectors, including hospitals, health centers, and clinical, rehabilitation centers and all clinics and private offices were studied during 2014. The data relevant to performance were collected according to a pre-determined format (researcher- built checklist) which was approved by five professionals and experts Health Services Management (content validity). Results: The study findings showed that the public sector by 45.28% accounted for the highest share of provided services and the private sector, social security, military institutions, charities and NGOs institutions by 25.47%, 18.92%, 4.37%, 3.3%, and 2.66% next rank in providing health services in East Azerbaijan province have been allocated. Conclusion: The results show that most of the health services in East Azerbaijan Province belongs to the public sector and the private sector has managed to develop its services in some parts surpassed the public sector. According to the study findings, Policies should be aimed to create balance and harmony in the provision of services among all service providers.

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