Health Services

T he most common reason for travelers needing medical help is as a result of accidents. If you are unfortunate enough to need a hospital, Iran is home to some of the best in the Middle East. Many doctors have been educated in Europe or North America and, especially in the larger cities, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one who speaks English. In remote areas, medical facilities are more basic.

Availability & Cost of Health Care

There are few, if any, reciprocal medical arrangements between Iran and other countries so be prepared to pay for all your medical and dental treatment. The good news is that costs are negligible. The quality of hospitals varies from place to place, but in Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, in particular, you’ll find internationalstandard hospitals and well-trained doctors. Locals will direct you to the nearest and/or most appropriate treatment center. Standards of dental care are variable and travel insurance usually only covers emergency dental treatment.

Travelling with Children

If your child is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, lost fluid and salts must be replaced. It may be helpful to take rehydration powders for reconstituting with boiled water.

Health and welfare

All health services are supervised by the Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education, the branch offices of which are headed by certified physicians. Welfare is administered by the Ministry of State for Welfare.

Medical Insurance

It’s worth your travel insurance will cover repatriation home or to better medical facilities elsewhere, if necessary. Your insurance company might be able to locate the nearest source of medical help, but it’s faster to ask your hotel or, in an emergency, call your embassy or consulate. Travel insurance usually covers emergency dental treatment.