Fiji Health Ministry Notes Decrease In Treatment Spending

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National Health Accounts Report for 2011-2012 released

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 5, 2013) – Fiji’s health ministry used FJ$256.8 million [US$137 million] in 2012 to treat patients, with a large portion spent on curative care.

According to the National Health Accounts (NHA) Report 2011-2012 for Fiji which was launched in Suva yesterday, 46.5 per cent was spent on inpatient care and 53.5 per cent was spent on outpatient care in 2012.

The cost of treating diseases was reduced from FJ$37.8 million [US$20.2 million] in 2011 to FJ$36.8 million [US$19.6 million] last year while Non-Communicable Diseases accounted for 40 per cent of the total cost of diseases.

The report stated increased investments into the health sector over the past two years were by private sector with 90 per cent of hospital expenditure financed by public sources.

Health providers that counted for most expenditure in 2012 were hospitals with 46 per cent and retailers involved in sale and distribution of medical goods with 17 per cent.

While launching the report, Health minister Dr Neil Sharma said to achieve universal health coverage, health care financing must ensure contributions to the costs of health care are in proportion to different households’ ability to pay, that poor are protected from financial shocks and services are accessible.

"The NHA report is a monitoring and evaluation tool to track and provide better insight to policy makers on resource mobilization, who pays and how much is paid, who provides goods and services and who benefits from health care expenditure," Dr Sharma said.

"Improving health and wellbeing can only be made by reducing inequities. This requires not only health system strengthening and financial protection but also political and social mobilization."

He said that a feasibility study for Fiji released in June, 2013 on social health insurance revealed government funding an extensive delivery system including hospitals is almost free for all patients.

The report is a fourth publication in collaboration with Centre for Health Information Policy and Systems Research (CHIPSR) at the Fiji National University (FNU) and the Ministry of Health.

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