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Candidate calls for inclusive health care

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WHEN designing health care policies, government should take everyone into consideration irrespective of where they live, says aspiring politician Roshika Deo.

Ms Deo said health care for everyone was important.

"Government should take into consideration that everyone — whether one lives in the interior or an island or in the urban areas — should be able to use and receive the necessary care," she said.

Health care should be accessible to single mothers, the unemployed, the elderly, persons living with disability, or a transgender, she said.

"The availability of care and services should not be discriminatory. The quality of the health care is a fundamental guarantee; it must be provided in a timely, safe and a patient-oriented manner, with duty of care being paramount.

"It is important that communities and individuals are able to take and have an active and substantive role in the policy-making and design of health care services to make it effective and responsive."

Ms Deo said everyone must be able to access quality and people-centric healthcare services irrespective of their socioeconomic status.

"Everyone should be treated with dignity by health care professionals.

"A transparent and accountable health care system will provide us with ways to make complaints without fear and our complaints to be dealt with efficiently, fairly and in a timely manner.

"People will also be able to participate and develop national health policies that bring real change in the lives of many."


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