A NATIONAL health scheme to pay for health services can be expected if the Fiji Labour Party comes into power after the next elections.
In its mini-manifesto as part of the policy platform for the next elections, the party said it believed that all citizens deserved high quality health care, whether they were rich or poor.
"The FLP has an integrated plan to improve public health care and invest in our hospitals and clinics," it said.
Apart from the medicare scheme, the party said it would also introduce public/private partnership contracts to manage major hospitals if it won the elections.
The party's mini-manifesto said the party would also fix issues of skilled medical personnel and life-giving drugs.
On infrastructure, the party said it believed that people had a right of access to clean piped water, good roads, affordable electricity and telephone/internet services.
"Labour will explore partnerships with the private sector to upgrade existing roads and bridges, build new roads to open up the interior and improve traffic congestion on access roads to our main cities."
The party also said that it would investigate and address water problems, especially complaints of high bills and connection charges.
Also, the party said it would address the question of monopolies in the provision of electricity and water services to the people.
"Introducing competition in the market should address some of the problems consumers face," it said.
The party said it would also encourage the use of solar energy to reduce the reliance on costly imported fuel if it won the elections.
It said this would be done by offering a tax concession to all households and corporate entities that invested in solar panels.