2018/19 Budget: National health scheme to ease pressure

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar. Picture: FT FILE

NATIONAL Health Scheme will ease the pressure on the public health system and provide quality health care to all Fijians, says Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar.
She said the scheme would allow the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to provide specialised services and this view was expressed in the council’s 2018-2019 National Budget submission.
“The Council notes that the public health system, especially public hospitals are currently under enormous pressure to deal not only with non-life-threatening and basic ailments, but also serious health issues where treatment is not available locally,” she said.
“And because many Fijians cannot travel abroad for specialist treatment, it is crucial to develop specialised treatment locally.”
Ms Kumar said through the scheme, local specialist care could assist in early detection and treatment, and consequently better outcomes and higher life expectancy for Fijians who suffer from serious or life-threatening ailments and injuries.

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