Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran announced that according to the approval of the cabinet, from 22 August this year all organ transplant operations expenses will be paid by the Ministry and the insurance companies of the country.
In previous years, the high costs of organ transplant ops were serious concerns of many Iranian patients that were in need of such operations, but it is expected that the recent approval of the cabinet of ministers to solve this problem.
According to the deputy of the Health Minister, Mohammad Aghajani, despite the high expenses of these types of surgeries, Iran still is top of the table in organ transplants in the region. He added that operations covered by insurance include all instances of organ transplants such as bone marrow, lung, cornea and other organs, and all four main insurance companies of the country will take part in the programme and therefore it will cover “all Iranians.”
The identification and selection of patients that need transplants in Iran are conditional to the diagnosis of the doctor, confirmation of a team of transplant experts, and determination of priority by the Health Ministry, and the Ministry supervises all the stages of this process.