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Classification of Health Accounts in Iran

Country / Area: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Classification category: Other classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Classification of Health Accounts in Iran
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Persian
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. The classification is posted on the Portal of Statistics with the following address:
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?This classification is classified in three following levels:
1- Classification of health services (ICHA-HC)
2- Classification of health services’ providers (ICHA-HP)
3- Classification of health services’ finance providers (ICHA-HF)
The ICHA classification structure is a hierarchical one. That is, first it is divided into three ICHA-HC, ICHA-HP and ICHA-HF sections, and the symbols of HC, HP and HF at the beginning of each code in the ICHA classification show that the given code is related to which of three classifications. To distinguish the subclasses of these three levels, 1,2 or 3 digit numbers are used beside HC, HP and HF. The sign « . » is placed between these numbers and between the symbols and numbers.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.HC.1 Services of curative care
HC.1.1 In-patient curative care
HC.1.2 Day cases of curative care
HC.1.3 Out-patient curative care
HC.1.3.1 Basic medical and diagnostic services
HC.1.3.2 Out-patient dental care
HC1.3.3 All other specialized healthcare
HC.1.3.9 All other out-patient curative care
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, International classification for Health Accounts.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Iran classification is matched with the international classification. Only there is a change in 3 digits in HF classification level.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.No
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)In 3 digit level
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future. 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.This classification is used in preparing the health sector’s accounts.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.) 
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office? 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The classification was formulated based on the international classification in 2005.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Accounts of health sector since 2005
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?If the international classification is revised, this classification will be included in the revision program based on the international classification.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given) 
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications 
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a)) 
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification? 
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented? 
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere. 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, objectives of classification, system of codes and descriptive points are presented in the National Classification publication.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?There is no substitute classification.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?بله Yes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, it is available in PDF, XML and WORD formats.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form? 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistical Centre of Iran
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryName: Farshad Golestan
E-mail: int@sci.org.ir
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/26/2012