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$36.8m bill

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, December 05, 2013

THE Health Ministry spent $36.8million on treating diseases last year.

And according to the Fiji Health Accounts 2011-2012 report, launched by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma yesterday, the cost was reduced from $37.8m in 2011.

The report outlined that the largest proportion of the expenditure in 2012 was borne by injuries, poisons and certain other consequences of external causes at 14.3 per cent followed by diseases of the circulatory system at 12.7 per cent, and 12.3 per cent for certain infectious and parasitic diseases.

The report stated that NCDs accounted for 40 per cent of the cost of diseases. "This accumulates the total percentages of neoplasms, endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders, mental and behavioural disorders, disease of the circulatory system, injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes, external causes of morbidity and mortality and factors influencing health status and contact with health services," the report said.

Fiji Health Accounts co-ordinator Idrish Khan said the costing was based on in-patient data from 24 health facilities - Ba Mission Hospital, CWM Hospital, Korovou, Lakeba, Levuka, Lomaloma, Matuku, Nabouwalu, Nadi, Naiserelagi, Navua, PJ Twomey, Rabi, Rakiraki, Rotuma, Savusavu, Sigatoka, St Giles, Tamavua, Tavua, Taveuni, Vunidawa, Vunisea and Wainibokasi hospitals.

It reported that injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes noted an increase from $3m in 2011 to $5.27m last year. This was followed by the disease of the circulatory system that recorded $3.2m in 2011 to $4.66m in 2012.

Increases were also noted for certain infectious and parasitic diseases at $4.53m, $3.74m on endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases and $1.16m for the disease of the nervous system.

The report said there was greater expenditure associated with male gender on certain diseases of infectious and parasitic origin which accounted for 56.9 per cent, 53.2 per cent on the nervous system and 65.9 per cent on diseases of the respiratory system.

Alternatively, it said the spending on the female gender was 100 per cent for pregnancy and childbirth for the past two years.

It added the indigenous population demonstrated greater spending on various diseases for the past two years compared to greater expenditure on the Fijians of Indian descent who revolved around the categories of the diseases of the blood and disease of the circulatory system.