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PNG gets access to free primary health care | Pacific Beat

PNG gets access to free primary health care

PNG gets access to free primary health care

Updated 25 February 2014, 10:10 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's seven million citizens now have access to free primary health care, but patients will still have to pay for specialist services.

The government has provided 20 million kina in seed funding to pay for the new primary health care system, and amended its policy and health laws to get it started.

Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase says while free care is available to rich and poor alike, the government may have to look at community based insurance schemes to cover specialist treatment for the less well off.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Pascoe Kase, Health Secretary, Papua New Guinea

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