Financial assistance to be provided to families when purchasing drugs in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 June / Trend, T. Jafarov /
Each family will be provided with financial assistance in the form of subsidies for the purchase of medicines, Iran's Deputy Minister of Health Abbas Haji Akhundi said, the Iranian news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.
Given the rise in price of drugs, the government will assist families when purchasing expensive drugs, Haji Akhundi said.
Patients will provide a certificate of purchase of medicines in pharmacies, based on which the relevant amount will be transferred to their bank accounts, Akhundi said.
"We have tested this in the Iranian province of Yazd, and in the near future, this system will be applied across the country," he said.
The information does not indicate the amount of funds to be transferred to the bank accounts of families.
International sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program have led to a significant increase in the dollar against the Iranian rial last year. This has led to a rise in price of drugs imported into the country for patients suffering from serious diseases.
According to Iranian media reports, there is a shortage or high prices observed in the country for medicines required for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, SARS and respiratory diseases, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis and other diseases