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Dialysis treatment unaffordable for most Fijians

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIALYSIS treatment is still unaffordable to more than 80 per cent of Fijians who require it.

A patient who requires dialysis treatment pays $200 each time he or she undergoes the treatment, which one is expected to undergo three times a week.

This was revealed by Dr Joji Malani who said that although dialysis was much more expensive in other countries, it was still unaffordable here.

"All patients require three sessions of hemodialysis weekly. However, this has not been regularly observed because of costs to the patient," Dr Malani explained.

"A large number have been on two sessions weekly and some on once weekly and this is not good for the patient. But it has a lot to do with the cost affordability to the patient."

Dr Malani said abroad, governments helped dialysis patients through subsidies — and Fiji had also strived to assist patients as best they could

"One dialysis session costs $200. In comparison, having dialysis in Australia or New Zealand can vary from $1200 to $1600 but in these countries, they are subsidised."








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