Government’s health plans to roll out soon

Staff nurse Lanieta Talolo, left, attends to patients at the Valelevu Health Centre in Nasinu on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Staff nurse Lanieta Talolo, left, attends to patients at the Valelevu Health Centre in Nasinu on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

GOVERNMENT is preparing to roll out two initiatives designed to ease congestion at public health facilities and improve emergency health care.

Health and Medical Services Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the new focus areas would provide a huge boost in terms of medical service delivery in Fiji.

“Next year we are rolling out our general practitioner program, where every citizen can identify a GP they want to go to and Government will pay for the consultation fee,” he said.

“Every citizen can choose whether they want to go to the private doctor or to the hospital.

“The reason we are doing this is to unclog the waiting time.

“The other thing we are working on is policies to ensure that we have a very efficient system for looking after patients.

“So if a patient comes into the emergency department, what are the mechanisms we have to ensure the patient gets treated definitively and very quickly.

“There’s a lot of information available now that says the quicker we attack an acute problem, the better it is in terms of longevity and quality of life.”

The GP program will be funded by the National Training and Productivity Centre one per cent levy paid annually by businesses across the country.

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