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Burmese Vice President Calls for Quicker Health Care Reform

30 April 2014

Burmese Vice President Sai Mauk Kham has criticized the pace of health care reform, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reports. In a meeting Tuesday with the 19-member National Health Committee, he said that although the government had approved a four-fold increase in its health budget since 2011, “there has been no significant health care standard provided to the public,” the state-run newspaper reported Wednesday. He said wealthy Burmese spent hundreds of millions of dollars for medical treatment overseas, and he called for the establishment of at least one international-standard hospital in the country as soon as possible to “keep that sort of expenditure at home.”