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$100k health boost

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, March 07, 2014

LOW-income earners and underprivileged people living in the Western Division now have access to medical assistance from internationally-renowned doctors, thanks to a new Australian Government-funded telemedicine unit.

Located at the Ramakrishna Mission's Sarada Medical Centre in Nadi Town, the $100,000 facility allows the poor to have access to assistance previously available to the more affluent.

The medical centre has served 9000 people at a fee of $5 for those who can afford it since it was established in 2012. Fees and medicine are waived for the very poor.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said the unit, which uses telecommunications and mobile technology to consult with doctors from reputable hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, will also take the pressure off government-funded health service centres.

"This $100,000 telemedicine facility will help to answer patient demands and increase health care access," Mr Miles said.


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