Elderly Georgians will treat their teeth for free
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made a proposal to begin the program "Smiling Georgia" which implies the provision of dental services to senior citizens at the expense of the state. The Georgian leader spoke with this initiative at a meeting with poor people, which took place in a pay free soup kitchen, the Trend reported. Saakashvili ordered the government to start census of needy elderly people who visit soup kitchens all over Georgia.
"We are preparing dentists and allocate appropriate funds for the program, which is called "Smiling Georgia". We'll begin from the people in this soup kitchen and so on. We will render dental services to all older people in Georgia", Day.az quoted Saakashvili's words.
It is reported that in 2012 about half of the population of Georgia will receive medical insurance, financed by public funds. By the end of next year all pensioners, as well as children under the age of five years, will be insured at expense of the state budget. As recalled by "Caucasian Knot", health insurance of socially vulnerable people in Georgia is conducted through two schemes: vouchers and partial redemption of the cost of examination, treatment and medicines.