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Government’s haemodialysis subsidy program launched

16:40 Thu Oct 11, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu

Kidney patients in Vanua Levu who require dialysis will only pay $75 to get the treatment.

Minister for Health Rosy Akbar today launched government’s Haemodialysis subsidy program at the Northern Dialysis Centre in Labasa.

The program sees kidney patients who earn a household income of less than $30,000 pay only $75 per session of treatment.

Children under 18 years of age will be provided dialysis at no cost.

In addition, procedural services such as haemodialysis catheter insertions and AV fistula surgeries will be provided free of cost by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Previously, catheter insertions cost between$1,500 and $2,000 and fistula surgeries cost $3,000.

$3.5 million has been set aside in the 2018-2019 budget for this dialysis program.

Akbar says government is concerned about dialysis treatment because it realised most people cannot afford the $250 a session treatment.

The subsidy comes into effect immediately.

600 Fijians complete kidney failure or end stage kidney disease every year.

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