“Health, it has to be said a million times, cannot be a commodity,” Maduro said Friday.
At a time when the new U.S. administration is seeking to get rid of affordable health care system put in place by the previous government, Venezuela has expanded its free health care coverage to more than 60 percent of the population, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said.
During a speech marking Doctor’s Day, Maduro said with the addition of free, full medical coverage in the states of Vargas, Merida and Falcon, the service is now available in 15 of the country’s 23 states.
“Health, it has to be said a million times, cannot be a commodity. We have to build a healthcare system with a doctrine of human service,” Maduro said Friday.
Coverage is expected to be extended to the remaining eight states and the capital district by the end of April, said Maduro, who also presented 382 medical graduates with their degrees.