Iranian sex-change patient.
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Sex change? Iranian insurance pays

The Iranian government wants the country's health insurance companies to pay for sex change operations.

The founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, passed a fatwa in the 1980s allowing sex-change operations in the country.

Up until now, Iran's welfare system paid a small amount toward these operations but they are very costly.

Now health insurance companies are obliged to cover all costs.

Karen Zarindast reports.

Video produced by BBC Persian's Saeedeh Hashemi