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Trend of Health Research Budget Allocation in Iran as Compared to That in Developed Countries

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Author(s): Z Sheikhan

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Health Research Funds | Developed Countries | Iran

ABSTRACT
In this descriptive study, we compared the amount of public spending on health research and the process for allocation of research funds between Iran and several developed countries.The study made it clear that the State's total per capita spending on research and the percentage of the total government budget and the Gross Domestic Product spent on research were considerably lower than in most developed nations. The administrative process for obtaining funds was long and tedious, and private sector spending on health research was negligible (in contrast to Western countries, where the most research is funded by the private sector). The results of this study could have important implications for health care planning and research administration in Iran.

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