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Kidney transplant is very costly-Rosy Akbar

April 16, 2018 5:04 am

Kidney transplant is very costly.

This was highlighted by Minister for Health, Rosy Akbar in parliament today.

Akbar says a budget of $1.3million has been allocated to those who have been diagnosed with kidney disease.

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She says this only applies to those who cannot be treated locally.

“We provided cost for airfares, now we have revised the policy to assist those patients who need kidney transplant and we have three categories and these categories include airfares, second one is airfares and treatment cost and then we have full treatment cost for those Fijians who cannot provide.”

Akbar says before any treatment for kidney transplant is approved it is very important to get a compatible donor from within family members.

The current cost of kidney dialysis provided by private facilities is about two hundred fifty dollars per session which is approximately $36,000 per year.

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