How ironic while the pro-Israel Obama administration is looking for an excuse to nuke the Islamic Republic – rural areas in United States are anxious to copy the most public-oriented Iranian primary healthcare system. The system is run by citizen. These health houses provide preventative care in informal yet effective manner. They can provide healthcare faster than far-away emegency rooms. In case of of extensive care, these houses have contract with local hospitals and clinics.
Islamic Iran spent 6% of its national budget on its universal healthcare system – more than its military budget (2.9%) as compared to Israel’s annual military budget of 8.6% excluding US$3 billion annual military aid from United States. US General John Abizaid, former Chief of US Central Command in the Middle East – called Iranian forces the most powerful military in the Middle East. However, affraid being called anti-Semite – he said that he did not include Israeli forces (defeated by Hizbullah fighters in 2006) as it did not fall into his area of operation.
Over 90% of Islamic Republic’s 23 million rural population enjoys primary healthcare services free of charge.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 17,000 ‘health houses’ in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The concept was conceived and introduced during the 1980-88 war imposed by Western countries through Saddam Hussein against the Islamic regime in Tehran – which Washington is still carrying on for the benefit of the Zionist entity under the excuse of Iran’s nuclear program. The 8-year Iraq-Iran war cost both Muslim countries one million dead and 1.7 million wounded. The war cost Iraq US$80 billion in millitary cost and US$1.9 trillion in infrastructure damage. The cost to Islamic Republic was US$60 billion in millitary operations and US$3.4 trillion in infrastrucrure damage. In other words, both countries were losers and the Zionist entity was the only in the region which gained in the long run.
The health house workers from the local communities, known as Behvarzan (meaning good skill in Persisn language) are trained to meet the basic health care needs of people living in rural areas. A female Behvarzan is responsible for, among other things, child and maternal health, vaccination, administering medicine, registration, etc; a male Behvarzan is responsible for the outdoor activities, such as, follow-up visits to the patients, sanitation and environment projects. Both work out of the health house, a rural medical post and the most basic unit of service delivery in country’s healthcare plan. The minimum age of male and female healthcare worker is 20 and 16 respectively. They’re required to have had 11 years of regular education plus two years of theoretical and practical training before being awarded a certificate to be allowed to practice. Even after graduation they’re subject to regular monitoring.
As the result of the heath house scheme, the infant death have dropped from 200 per 1000 births to 26. With the Mississippi Delta rate 10 time worse than Iran’s – a group of volunteers from the US are traveling to Islamic Republic this month to get a crash course in how health houses work. The poor communities in America, 40 millions of whom cannot afford healthcare, because they cannot pay for medical insurances – have been considering to adopt Iranian healthcare model. However, they’re getting a big NO from the state and federal healthcare funding agencies for a healthcare system originated in Islamic Iran, thanks to the powerful pro-Israel lobby groups