Senate okays Medical Scholarship Act

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    VOTING 22-0, the Senate yesterday approved on third and final reading the Medical Scholarship Act that will provide free medical education to deserving and qualified students.

    “This measure comes at the most opportune time as our country continues to battle against the devastating health impacts of COVID-19. This law will help the healthcare system sector to be better prepared for similar health emergencies in the future,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.

    Under the proposed measure, the government shall institutionalize a medical scholarship program for deserving and qualified new and continuing medical students in state colleges and universities and partner private higher education institutions and integrated them into the country’s public health care system.

    Upon graduation from medical school, the scholar, however, will have a return of service equivalent for every year the scholarship has been availed.

    Included in the scholarship package are free tuition and other school fees, allowance for prescribed books, supplies, and equipment; clothing or uniform allowance; board house allowance or transportation allowance, whichever is more applicable; internship fees, including financial aid during the internship period; medical board review fees and licensure fees; annual medical insurance; and subsistence or living allowance.