Aquino to discuss liberalization of PHL healthcare institutions with Obama in U.S. visit this year

January 26, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 26 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday he will bring the concerns of the Philippine healthcare industry to the attention of United States President Barack Obama when he visits the U.S. by the middle of this year.

Aging Filipino-Americans residing in the U.S. mainland have not been able to retire in the Philippines as the healthcare industry here, which includes hospitals and retirement homes, is not accredited by the U.S. government.

President Aquino said he will discuss with Obama the possibility of extending extra “considerations” for Philippine facilities.

“I will be having a visit with President Obama sometime, towards the middle of the year. You can count on my…requesting him again for a consideration of accrediting more of our facilities,” the President said.

He said that discussions with U.S. lawmakers in previous meetings touched on the subject, adding that “there are invitations to talk with them again when we visit the America so I will be sure to request for that liberalizing of the facilities for the retirees.” (PNA)

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