Tehran (IP) - In the second part of the televised debate, the six Iranian presidential candidates outline their views on the health system, and each candidate explains his views and programs for improving the current health system in the country.

Iran PressIran news:  Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi: The primary priority in the health sector is prevention. The government's responsibility is to turn off the engines of diseases, which includes addressing air pollution, soil contamination, and food safety.


The number of days with clean air in Tehran is very few. We need to incorporate sports into people's lives. If someone becomes ill, there must be good and fair access to medical services and coverage of treatment costs.

Forty-five percent of doctors are in Tehran, and they need to be dispatched to other cities. In the Thirteenth Government, ten thousand doctors were sent to underserved areas, and twelve million people were covered by insurance.


Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf: I agree that sanctions are not just worthless pieces of paper; they harm the people, the economy, and production. I support negotiations, but negotiation is a form of struggle. Be certain that you are negotiating with the enemy (the United States).

The parliament acted in this regard and passed a law that benefited the nuclear industry. To solve the sanctions problem, I will not hesitate to engage in any form of negotiation, but it is wise to recognize that we waste $104 billion annually, which foreign companies will never invest in our country! In the health sector, we must prioritize hygiene over treatment.


Mostafa Pour Mohammadi: We must enter the field with strength and not miss opportunities! It is clear that the US government is an enemy. The dynamics of power are changing, and the opportunity for Iran to export has arisen, but we have not taken advantage of these opportunities well and are selling oil cheaply!

Prevention is an important issue. The migration of doctors and nurses is significant, largely due to the need to respect this community and meet their expectations. Only a small percentage of doctors and medical staff are financially well-off. There are enough ideas to prioritize prevention over treatment, and we just need to value the experts.

Alireza Zakani: The most important aspect of the health sector pertains to human resources. We will strengthen the healthcare network and provide free insurance to the remaining 10 to 15 percent. Treatment will be free for 40 percent of the population, and 40 percent of the population will receive a 50 percent discount on medical visits. Treatment for patients with severe illnesses will be completely free.


Masoud Pezeshkian: In Tabriz, we built 600 health houses and initiated the family doctor program. We established rural insurance and improved the healthcare infrastructure.

In fact, we shifted the progress in healthcare to benefit the underprivileged. Our problem lies in the implementation of the law. The income of doctors in public hospitals is very low, which needs to be addressed to improve the overall situation in the health system.


Saeed Jalili: In the past 45 years, the average life expectancy has increased from 55 years to 77 years. In the past 24 hours, 1,200 people have died. The health system has the responsibility to minimize preventable deaths.

Two and a half percent of the population suffers from diseases that incur very high costs and push them below the poverty line. In this context, the insurance mechanisms will play a very important role.


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