The ongoing economic crisis in Iran has affected the lives of ordinary Iranians including their ability to provide medical treatment.
According to official statistics, widespread poverty is quickly growing in Iran putting more than half of the population under the line of poverty.
Due to increasing health care costs, Iranians are less likely to go to the doctor and reports indicate that families are doing without some of their basic medical necessities.
According to the state-run Arman daily, to cut down on costs, Iranians sometimes prescribe tests for themselves without going to the doctor or re-prescribe medicine at pharmacies.
According to the report, 30% of referrals to pharmacies are without a prescription, and without a doctor’s visit. The report said that “with this method, Iranians refrain from paying visitation costs” adding that these were “alarming signs”.
Increasing inflation and economic pressures also have other health implications such as psychological stress. Iran’s healthcare costs have increased to the extent that some patients fall under the line of poverty after paying their treatment costs.
Iranians are unable to go the doctor even though some experts warn of an existing cancer tsunami in Iran.
Various cancers which stem from environmental factors, such as cancer of the bladder, lung cancer, and bowel cancer, have become prevalent in Iran.
There are also many cases of cardiovascular diseases. These diseases are the result of poor nutrition and the use of nonstandard oils such as palm oil which are imported into Iran via legal and illegal routes. This oil cause vascular problems.
Many Iranians also suffer from stroke at an early age.