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Urban family physician plan in Iran: challenges of implementation in Kerman

Abstract
Background: The Family Physician Plan has recently been implemented in three provinces of Iran on a pilot basis and is going to be implemented throughout Iran in the future. Through a qualitative design, this study aims to determine probable implementation challenges of Family Physician Plan in Kerman.
Methods: This study was conducted in Kerman in 2013. Data were collected through interviews with 21 experts in the field. Sampling continued until data saturation level was achieved. All interviews were recorded and then analyzed, and main themes and subgroups were extracted from them based on a framework analysis model.
Results: most prevalent establishment challenges of Family Physician Plan were classified into policy-making, financial supply, laws and resources.
Conclusion: The urban Family Physician Plan can be carried out more effectively by implementing this plan step by step, highlighting the relationships between the related organizations, using new payment mechanisms e.g Per Capita, DRG, make national commitment and proper educational programs for providers, development the health electronic Record, justifying providers and community about advantages of this plan, clarifying regulatory status about providers' Duties and most importantly considering a specific funding source.
Keywords: Family Physician Plan, Healthcare, Kerman


Authors:  Reza Dehnavieh, Ali Reza Kalantari, Mohammad Jafari Sirizi