Jul 23, 2014, 11:29 AM
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Free health services in rural areas

Tehran, July 23, IRNA - Iran Health Insurance Organization will provide free dental treatment to villagers for the first time. The decision is part of a larger effort, named “Basic Healthcare Services for Villagers”, which aims to improve healthcare access in rural areas by expanding insurance coverage.

Dr. Mohammad Javad Kabir, the deputy head of the organization, said four percent of funds allocated to villagers’ healthcare package will be used for dental and mouth care.

“Dental care services that are expected to be covered by insurance coverage include fluoride therapy, fluoride varnish treatment, removal of dental plaque, primary repair of teeth, fissure sealants and dental hygiene education,” Wednesday's edition of 'Iran Daily' quoted Kabir as saying recently.

Kabir said patients are required to pay 30 percent of the costs associated with dental care with children under the age of 14 constituting the target population.

“Food supplements and nutrients, including iron drops, and multivitamin tablets, have also come under insurance coverage for rural dwellers.