THE GOVERNMENT’S free health care policy is now legal and will be implemented starting today.
Health Secretary Mr Pascoe Kase announced this last Friday in Port Moresby.
"After more than 10 months of drafting this policy, getting it endorsed and approved by the National Executive Council, it is now ready to be implemented," Mr Kase said.
He said as of today no fees will be charged on all primary health care services. "We want to make it clear to all our officers in charge of all health centres and hospitals, medical officers and chief executive officers of public hospitals that the policy and the law has been imposed as of today.
"People attending to all health facilities at aidposts, health centres and district hospitals for treatment will not pay for all services."
However, Mr Kase said people will still pay for specialised services provided at the provincial hospitals but at a 50 per cent reduced cost. Outpatient, medical drugs and delivery of babies and other primary services will be free of charge. However, specialised services like dentistry and cancer therapy will require half payment from the patients.