Politics and Health in Iran: Isolation or Liberation?
This study seeks to understand both mainstream and alternative views of the health care system in Iran. The author critically analyzes resources from Western media, international organizations, and Iranian government documents, and interviews selected Iranians working in the health care industry. A mainstream view holds that, due to sanctions and global isolation, Iran’s health care system is weakened through inadequate access to pharmaceuticals and modern technology. An alternative view suggests that there are underlying advantages from having minimal imperialist ties and foreign control over Iran’s economy and resources. The author suggests that the real issue is not a struggle between the Global North and the Global South, but rather one of the ruling class versus the people.
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