An Analysis of Disparities in Access to Health Care in Iran: Evidence from Lorestan Province

  •  Reza Nemati    
  •  Hesam Seyedin    
  •  Ali Nemati    
  •  Jamil Sadeghifar    
  •  Ali Beigi Nasiri    
  •  Seyyed Meysam Mousavi    
  •  Keyvan Rahmani    
  •  Mostafa Beigi Nasiri    


Equal distribution of healthcare facilities in order to increase the accessibility of the individuals to services is one of the main pillars in improvement of health. This study was aimed to examine the disparities in access to health care services across the cities of Lorestan province located in west of Iran. This study is a descriptive study. Data related to indicators of institutional and manpower was collected using statistical yearbook of Statistical Centre of Iran (SCI) and analyzed by Scaogram Analysis Model. The results revealed distinct regional disparities in health care services across Lorestan province. According to Scalogram analysis model, Khorramabad and Delfan towns were ranked as the first and the last according to access to health care services. Overally, 44% of the cities are undeveloped and only 22% are credited as developed. Taking the advantage of development-oriented programs, reduction of the gap in health care services in the must be considered in the health policy. Therefore, Delfan, Dorood, Koohdasht and Selseleh are characterized as the underdeveloped and consequently urgently should be considered in planning and deprivation programs.

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