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Health care in Iran tour facility and medical sector’s market value was almost US $240 billion in 2002 and is forecast to rise to US $310 billion by 2007. With a population of almost 70 million, Iran is one of the most populous countries in the Middle East.

The constitution entitles Iranians to basic health care, and most receive subsidized prescription drugs and vaccination programs. An extensive network of public clinics offers basic care at low cost, and general and specialty hospitals operated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) provide higher levels of care. In most large cities, well-to-do persons use private clinics and hospitals that charge high fees. About 73% of all Iranian workers have social security coverage.
Iran has been very successful in training/educating the necessary human resources for its health system. The system of almost 30 years ago where the country was facing a shortage of all kinds of skilled personnel in the health and medical sector has been completely changed into one in which the necessary professionals now completely suffice the country’s needs. There are now 488 government funded hospitals in Iran. There were 0.5-1.1 physicians per 1000 population in 2004 according to various estimates (about 46 percent of physicians were women).


Iran has a rather developed pharmaceutical production capability, however, the country still relies on imports for raw materials and many specialised drugs.
Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) has a mission to provide access to sufficient quantities of safe, effective and high quality medicines that are affordable for the entire population. Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has adopted a full generic-based National Drug Policy (NDP), with local production of essential drugs and vaccines as one of the main goals.

Major Iranian Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies:

  • Darupakhsh
  • Pars Darou
  • Iran Pharmaceutical Development & Investment Co. (IPDIC)
  • Pharmieco
  • CinnaGen
  • Cobel Darou


Medical equipment

The Department of Medical Equipments in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) is responsible for supervising imports in this segment, but the import and distribution of such equipment is mostly handled by the private sector. Iran has undergone the primary stages of development in terms of industrialisation and a rather strong indigenous manufacturing capability exists in the country. Therefore one can expect to find a handful of local producers for basic medical equipment, making it very hard to penetrate into the Iranian market for similar imported ones.
There are over 100 Iranian companies representing the international suppliers in this market, handling both promotion and the after-sales service of the products. Iran is a mature market when it comes to medical equipment. Most of the major international players in this sector are present in the Iran market (American sanctions against Iran do not apply to medical equipment or pharmaceuticals):

  • 3M
  • Aesculap
  • Boston Medical Group
  • Cordis
  • Guidant
  • Hiticha
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Medtronic
  • Ohmeda
  • Philips
  • Siemens
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Stryker
  • Toshiba Medical Systems
  • Varian Medical Systems
  • Zimmer