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Monday, July 06, 2015

Submarines, UC issue 'not comparable'

Type 041 (Yuan) class SSKPrime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged the public not to link the Universal Coverage Healthcare Scheme (UC) with the planned procurement of Chinese submarines and turn them into political issues.

Speaking on Saturday after returning from the Leaders' Summit of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region in Japan, Gen Prayut said the UC, better known as the gold card scheme, was a populist policy which requires a large state budget, while the country has been studying the submarine purchases for almost 10 years.

The premier said the submarine project must be proposed to the cabinet for approval, adding the procurement will take several years and an adequate budget will be earmarked for the project.

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