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$45.4m spending on outpatient medical goods

Nasik Swami
Saturday, December 07, 2013

THE Health Ministry spent $45.4million on medical goods to outpatients.

This was outlined in the Fiji Health Accounts 2011-2012 report which was released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

According to the report, the medical goods category includes pharmaceutical and therapeutic appliances and compromises sales of medicines and other medical goods from private pharmacies and other retailers.

"This is because under the System of Health Accounts guidelines, expenditure on pharmaceuticals during an inpatient episode of care is categorised as inpatient expenditure," the report stated.

Also according to the report, a total of $26.4m was spent on pharmaceutical and non-durable goods, $26.04m on prescribed medicines, $13.47m on over-the-counter medicines, $5.40m on other medical non-durable goods and $0.21m on all other medical durables, including medical technical devices.

The report also outlined that preventative care — a measure that aims to avoid occurrence or the severity of injuries and diseases and their complications cost the ministry $38.8m in 2012.

According to the report, the expenditure was an increase compared to $26.8m in 2011.

"The increase in the share was due to an increase in funding by the ministry and development partners for public health programs."