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Health Tests, Dental Visits Free

“This initiative has proven successful in easing the strain on public medical facilities and has enabled participating GPs to grow their patient base. As such, Government will be including additional GPs to part take in this public private partnership.”
25 Mar 2022 12:27
Health Tests, Dental Visits Free

In June 2021, Government engaged the services of 14 General Practitioners (GPs) and one medical centre General Practitioner as part of a new scheme to improve  the reach and quality of medical services to members of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this initiative, Government has so far spent more than $1.4 million to cater for the cost of general outpatient services (which includes consultation, review, referrals, injections, dressings, and other minor dressings) for more than 52,000 patient visits.

“This initiative has proven successful in easing the strain on public medical facilities and has enabled participating GPs to grow their patient base. As such, Government will be including additional GPs to part take in this public private partnership.”

An Expression of Interest for the engagement of additional private  medical GPs had been called earlier in March 2022, and is currently being  assessed.

Government will in the future also provide support to fund GP startups in areas currently not served by GPs and look into expanding the overall supply of GPs in Fiji.

“Government is also seeking to expand the list of general outpatient services and medical care that eligible patients have access to through the inclusion of additional services including:

  • Multi Urine Dipstick Test,
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG),
  • Nebulizer (for asthma medications),
  • oxygen supply, and
  • Ultrasound scan.

In addition, Government will also engage GP’s/practices that provide laboratory services for blood sample testing for the following:

  • Sugar,
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC),
  • Basic metabolic panel (basic electrolyte panel),
  • Cholesterol (lipid profile),
  • Glycated hemoglobin (Hemoglobin A1C),
  • Liver function, and
  • Renal function.

Government is also engaging private dental practitioners (DPs) to improve the oral health of all Fijians, including school aged children, through government funded access to private dental care. Services to be included under this initiative includes:

  • consultation/oral examination,
  • extraction,
  • temporary filling, and
  • permanent filling.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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