Jul 19, 2014, 6:18 PM
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SSO pursue institution of social security

Tehran, July 19, IRNA -- Social Security Organization of Iran (SSO) provides insurance coverage to some 39.2 million people, said the managing director of the organization.

Taqi Nourbakhsh added that social security is the main objective of the SSO, noting 30 to 40 percent of revenues earned by the organization should be set aside for the next generation.

He said two-third and one-third of SSO' financial outlay are currently spent on payments made to beneficiaries and treatment sector respectively.

The official noted that the per capita treatment cost paid by SSO increased by 44 percent in the current year (started March 21), adding the organization currently covers the costs of 270 types of medicines.

He noted that five hospitals will become operational in Assaluyeh in Bushehr province, Zabol in Sistan and Baluchestan province, Ilam in Ilam province, Birjand in South Khorasan province and Kerman in Kerman province by yearend.

"Projects to develop Ayatollah Kashani Hospital of Tehran and build three new hospitals in Dezful, Khuzestan province, Yazd in Yazd province and Langeroud in Gilan province will be undertaken in the current year," he said.

The SSO chief noted construction projects of 26 outpatient treatment centers will also begin in the current year.

He said the organization has spent $2.33 billion in the past five years on regulating the pensions to all retirees covered by the organization.

Relevant law has been implemented by SSO since the year to March 2010, he added.

He said some $766.66 million were allocated to the purpose in the year to March 2010, while only $300 million of which were made available in the same year.

Nourbakhsh said earlier that resolving the problems of underprivileged and vulnerable people is the government's top priority, stressing that SSO does its best to provide services to people living in deprived regions.

"More than 24,000 patients with specific diseases have access to insurance services provided by SSO," he said, adding that efforts are underway to provide them with free treatment services and medicines.

SSO is a social insurance body in Iran, which provides insurance coverage to wage-earners and salaried workers as well as voluntary coverage of self-employed persons. In 1975, SSO was established following the approval of Social Security Law.

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