A Javan editorial by Shahar Rahimi: This past Persian year saw serious economic problems that are still continuing. These problems included increases in foreign currency rates, instability in prices of food and consumer goods, manufacturing and the car market that continues to be tense. Pharmaceuticals too have not been spared, and have been subject to sudden increases. Furthermore, the heads of the Ministry of Health officially reported yesterday that it is possible that the prices of drugs will double. The price of drugs has broken records over the past two years, and one of the reasons for this is the lack of allocation of foreign currency to pharmaceutical imports, which also led to the firing of the Minister of Health who complained about this. Now, the Managing Director of the Ministry for regulation over pharmaceuticals in the Ministry of Health’s Food and Drug Organization explained the increase in drug prices, claiming that the reason is allocation of foreign currency to trade barter and not foreign currency at the official subsidized rate, and the fact that the government budget was transferred to other areas of health such as insurance and not for drugs. What is clear is that the price of drugs has increased several fold. According to statistics from former and current Health Ministers, expenses for health and drugs for terminal diseases places 5.7% of citizens below the poverty line. Despite repeated directives by the Supreme Leader that officials must adopt measures so that patients and their families will have no other concern than suffering the disease.
Medication has officially become more expensive. What will patients do?!
- Published: 94 days ago on Tuesday, 16 April 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: April 15, 2013 @ 3:49 pm
- Filed Under: Economy
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