For the third year running and with the support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a tripartite partnership agreement signed between the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA) of the Ministry of Interior, the Iran Health Insurance Organization (IHIO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will continue to ensure that refugees in Iran benefit from Salamat health insurance from 25 February 2017 to 24 February 2018.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries in the world to provide such a service to refugees. Once refugees are enrolled in the Salamat scheme they have access to a health insurance service similar to that available to Iranian nationals.
Salamat health insurance covers hospitalization, para-clinical and out-patient services, including doctor’s visits, radiology, lab tests and medication costs at any public Ministry of Health (MoH) affiliated hospital. All refugees in Iran can enroll in the latest Salamat cycle by approaching one of the many Pishkhan centres countrywide to receive an insurance ‘booklet’.
With the financial support and cooperation of the UNHCR office in Iran, the Iran Heath Insurance Organization (IHIO) has extended health insurance for those vulnerable refugees who received insurance booklets in the previous Salamat UPHI cycle, including those suffering from Special Diseases of Hemophilia, Thalassemia, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant and Multiple Sclerosis as defined by the Iranian MoH.
The remaining registered refugee population in Iran can also enroll in the insurance scheme and receive their insurance booklets by paying the standard premium fee.
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