Experts want answers on ops

National, Normal

The National, Monday 30th January 2012

THE free health service initiative by the government to be implemented in state hospitals has been viewed with skepticism by some medical professionals.
The main complaint against it is the operational costs and medical services, including the purchasing of drugs and medicine, which have to be borne by the hospitals.
Because of this, some hospitals still charge fees despite the government directive to provide free health services.   
Sam Vegogo, the chief executive officer of the country’s biggest hospital – Port Moresby General Hospital – said the government’s subsidy would help but providing free services for a long period could put a strain on operations.
He said money was needed for drugs and medicine plus other costs to ensure the hospital was well maintained and run.