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An economic review of the national screening policy to prevent thalassemia major in Iran

Nader Ghotbi () and Tsuneo Tsukatani ()
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Nader Ghotbi: Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

No 562, KIER Working Papers from Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: This Paper is to describe the economic burden of thalassemia as a major health problem in thalassemia belt countries like Iran. Great emphasis is placed on prenatal diagnosis to prevent the disease, as the "economic" solution from a health care policy viewpoint. The alternative method of the current screening program in Iran is outlined and discussed especially with respect to the "cost-effectiveness" issue, along with some pitfalls of the general plan and the techniques under use. Further follow-up of program after such refinement is advised, and especially the provision of a working option of prenatal diagnosis to carrier couples is recommended.

Keywords: Beta thalassemia; Health care policy; Health economics; Modeling analysis; Prenatal diagnosis; Screening tests; Therapeutic abortion. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2002-12
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