Health care system in Iraq

Review of Iraq's medical and health system

Review of Iraq's medical and health system / Iraqis travel to Iran for cheap treatment / Iran is a health tourism destination in the Middle East


To analyze the conditions of public health and medicine in Iraq in the last few decades, we can mention the flourishing period of public health in the 1980s and 1970s in the Middle East and North Africa. At this time, Iraq was considered medically advanced country in the region.


But in the political problems of the Baath Party and international sanctions against Iraq, conditions became difficult for the country and caused many problems. These problems with the provision of medicines and equipment, as well as a reduction in public funding due to economic sanctions and between 2003 and 2007, about half of Iraqi doctors emigrated from the country (about 9,000 people).

The start of the war in Iraq was another blow to Iraq's medical system, which caused Iraq's severe budget deficit. And a smaller percentage of public funds were spent on health care in the country.

Among the indicators examined in the study of health indicators are infant and maternal mortality and life expectancy.

Introduction of health indicators: natural population growth, crude production rate, general fertility rate, specific fertility rate, overall fertility rate through marriage, gross generation renewal rate, net generation renewal rate, raw death rate, specific mortality rate for both ages and total, maternal mortality due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, specific cause death rate (despite the cause of disease) in the age group less than 5 years.


Life expectancy in Iraq:














Ranking causes of death in Iraq:

 myocardial infarction and hypertension, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, infant mortality at birth, road accidents, violence, mechanical damage, lung cancer, congenital defects, respiratory problems and terror.


Reasons that cause disability and increase the risk of death in Iraq:

Hypertension, obesity, diabetes, tobacco, nutritional problems, air fusion, high fat levels, renal dysfunction, physical phlegm deficiency.

Iraq had an estimated 43 million inhabitants in 2019 and is ranked 125th among the world's countries, which is much higher than its neighbors. According to available information about the general health situation in Iraq in 2011, about 96.4 percent of Iraqi families do not have health insurance and 40 percent of people are unspecified from health insurance.

Due to the lack of relevant infrastructure, many Iraqis travel to countries such as Turkey, Iran, India and Egypt for treatment.

The situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is better than other parts of Iraq due to less conflicts during the war, but there are also no medical specialties in this region, and cosmetic measures have high costs and mostly travel to Turkey or Iran for expensive treatments or cosmetic services.


Per capita treatment of every Iraqi:

Per capita treatment per person in Iraq is $161, which is very low compared to countries like Lebanon ($649) Jordan ($304).

Ratio of physicians and nurses per 1,000 people in Iraq:






Health tourism in Iraq:

Health tourism is a suitable solution for meeting medical needs and reducing current medical costs in Iraq. Cosmetic surgery services in Iraq are very expensive and medical services are either not available to the public or there are some specialties of medicine and special equipment or medicines and on average have higher costs than Iran.


Treatment costs in Iran for Iraqis:

Iraqis pay far less than in Iraq on a tourism trip and 7-10 days of travel in Iran and a treatment or cosmetic surgery in Iranian hospitals.


Iran is a suitable choice for treatment:

Iran is a suitable choice for Iraqis to receive medical and medical care because

1. Close geographical distance

2. Low commuting costs

3. Where emergency patients are transported by land

4. Low cost of treatment in Iran

5. Existence of up-to-date medical equipment in Iran

6. Low drug costs and the presence of special medicines in Iran

7. Iran ranks top in medicine in the Middle East and the world

8. Easy visa

9 Common Culture of Iraq and Iran

10 Religious and recreational centers with affordable prices

11 Climate Diversity in Iran


Tourism Angels plans to develop health tourism between Iraq and Iran

There are challenges in developing this type of tourism such as receiving misplaced and high costs from Iraqi tourists, the existence of unspecialized relationships, lack of proper cooperation between tourism agencies of Iran and Iraq, lack of post-treatment support and return to Iraq can be solved by providing some measures.

1 Digital screening and providing internet counseling in the therapeutic application of tourism angels

2- Presenting the idea of a digital hospital for the implementation of remote care or telemedicine services

3- Implementation of telemedicine facilities to provide telemedicine consultation and visits

4- Creating a platform for cooperation between tourism companies in Iraq and Iran

5. Cooperation between Iraqi health centers in the field of health tourism

6- Creating an atmosphere of cooperation between Iraqi and Iranian physicians in the therapeutic application and webinar to use each other's experiences in the treatment of patients

7- Creating a digital file platform for Iraqi patients and tourists for free to document and avail information for use in other medical centers

8- Establishing a health information network between Iraqi and Iranian medical centers through the digital facilities of The Angels Tourism Company

Iraqi tourism companies and medical centers, if you are interested in cooperating in the field of health tourism, you can fill in your request via the form below to cooperate in improving public health and providing quality medical services and new tourism services.