Iran's Experience of Health Cooperatives as a Public-Private Partnership Model in Primary Health Care: A Comparative Study in East Azerbaijan

Mostafa Farahbakhsh, Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani, Alireza Nikniaz, Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi, Akram Zakeri & Saber Azami
Background: Iran started a new public-private partnership model in form of health coopera¬tives which is somehow different from other types of health cooperatives throughout the world. In this study we compared the performance and quality of health services in public health cen¬ters (PHCs) and cooperative health centers (CHCs). Methods: In this comparative study performance quality of two cohorts of public and coopera¬tive health centers were compared in several health service delivery programs over the time...