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Int J Health Policy Manag. 2017 Aug 1;7(1):70-74. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2017.89.

Recent Iranian Health System Reform: An Operational Perspective to Improve Health Services Quality.

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Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Health Management & Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran.
Social Security Research Institute, Tehran, Iran.


The operational management of healthcare services is expected to directly touch patient experiences. Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) for the first time, as such, has sought to improve the operational management of healthcare delivery within a reform agenda by setting benchmarks for 'number of visit per hour' and waiting time in outpatient clinics of about 700 affiliated hospitals. As a new initiative, it has faced with mixed reactions and various doubts have been cast on its successful implementation. This manuscript aims to shed some light on the operational challenges of the initiative and the requirements of its successful implementation.


Appointment Planning Systems; Health System Reform; Iran; Operational management; Outpatient Scheduling Systems; Service Quality Improvement

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