IPD stands for International Patients Department, a relatively new concept that that has transformed Iran’s health tourism industry since a few years ago. The aim of IPDs is to coordinate all the affairs related to admission of and provision of services to patients coming from foreign counties, that is to say, to streamline the whole process.
According to the country’s ministry of health, clinics and hospitals that want to offer healthcare services to foreign health tourists are obliged to obtain a special certificate and set up an IPD according to standards defined by the ministry.
The recent health tourism event dubbed ‘The Conference of the Presidents of Hospitals with IPD” was held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. It was attended by head of the Health Tourism Department of Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Dr. Saeed Hashemzadeh, director of the Iranian Health Tourism Association, Dr. Mohammad Jahangiri, and presidents of hospitals equipped with International Patients Departments.
The main theme of the conference was the role of private startup companies and medical tourism facilitators such as AriaMedTour in improving the status of Iran’s health tourism industry, as well as the challenges facing the country’s medical tourism industry.