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Private sector contribution

Ropate Valemei
Friday, December 06, 2013

THE private sector contributes significantly to the health sector and analysis of health expenditure over the last two years.

The Fiji Health Accounts 2011-2012 released by the Ministry of Health on Monday noted the sector's overall contribution increased by $6.6million last year.

In 2011, the private health expenditure (PCHE) was $80.6m and by last year, it had increased to $87.2m.

PCHE represents all the money spent on health either by households, private firms or organisations and excludes development partners and the government sector.

"The source of revenue for the private sector is mainly from other domestic revenues (households) and voluntary prepayment (individuals, employers and others)," the report said.

It stated that domestic revenue accounted for 71.5 per cent while voluntary pre-payments made up 28.5 per cent of the PCHE last year.

There was an increase in expenditure across all private current health expenditure providers.

"The largest share of private spending was on retail pharmacies followed by private medical practices, hospitals, dental practices, external partners (donors) ancillary services and the lowest on ambulatory health care."

It said overall expenditure by all providers increased by 8.2 per cent last year over 2011.

Some notable contributors towards this increase were retailers and other providers of medical goods.