APPANA Sami of Navosai subdivision in Nasinu made a trip to India with his wife for open heart surgery.
This was made possible under his health insurance cover from the Housing Authority.
Authority CEO Alipate Naiorosui said: "The health insurance policy was introduced in 2008 as a result of the increase in the number of cardiac and cancer cases among our home owners".
The Sami family bought a piece of land in 2004 and built a three-bedroom home for their four children.
About 4200 homeowners are covered under the authority's mortgage protection insurance policy which comes into effect in the event of the customer's death and/or total permanent disability.
The cover ensures the surviving family are free from debt because the policy settles the remaining balance of the home loan account.
Mr Naiorosui said under the health insurance cover, if a Housing Authority homeowner was diagnosed with a cardiac condition or cancer, the insurance company required a second medical opinion to verify the diagnosis.
"Upon meeting these conditions, Housing Authority is able to provide its customers, who are covered under the policy, with medical treatment in India," he said.
Mr Sami said he usually suffered from shortness of breath at night.
Since the launch of the health insurance policy in 2008, 22 homeowners have been sent to India for cardiac and cancer treatment and have returned successful.