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DOSHMANGIR, Leila and DOSHMANGIR, Parinaz and ABOLHASSANI, Nazanin and MOSHIRI, Esmaeil and JAFARI, Mehdi (2015) Effects of targeted subsidies policy on health behavior in iranian households: A qualitative study. Iranian Journal of Public Health. pp. 570-579.

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    Background: This study aimed to explore the effects of national targeted subsidies policy on health behavior of Irani-an households. Methods: In this qualitative study, data were collected between January 2012 and December 2013 through face-to-face interviews (23 experts in national and provincial levels of health system and 18 household heads) and through a comprehensive and purposive document analysis. The data was analyzed using a thematic analysis method (inductive-deductive) and assisted by Atlas-ti software. Results: Rising health care costs, removing some food subsidies and the increase in price of most goods and services due to the implementation of economic policy of targeted subsidies have led to significant changes in the demand for health services, changes in the consumption trends of goods and services affecting health as well as changes in the health habits of households. Conclusion: Targeted subsidies and the cash subsidy policy have some negative effects on population health behavior especially among poor people. Hence, maintaining or increasing the cash subsidy is not an efficient allocation of re-sources toward health care system. So, it is necessary to identify appropriate strategies and policies and apply interven-tions in order to moderate negative effects and enhance positive effects resulted from implementing this economic reform on population health behavior. Keywords: Policy, Economic reform, Health system, Health behavior, Subsidies, Targeted subsidies, Iran

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Medical Sciences > School of Medicine
    Depositing User: Mr Vahab Moshtaghi
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 14:34
    Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 14:34

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