2018/19 Budget: Special incentives for GPs to set up clinics in rural areas

SPECIAL incentives have been announced for medical personnel keen on setting up clinics in peri-urban, rural and maritime communities.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said many people still journeyed long distances to access medical services.

“That’s why we are introducing a new program for general practitioners to set up shop directly in these areas, towns and local communities,” he said.

“If it’s a more complex or serious matter, they can access the health facilities but they shouldn’t have to wait in line for simple health check-up treatments and that is why we are announcing this program.”

He said Government sought to create a new sector in the country. The program includes a guaranteed income base on the number of patients on the site they served.

Additional financial assistance would be provided to GPs who set up clinics in deep, maritime communities that are distances away from a public health facility.

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