Partnership to boost health care

National
Source:
The National, Monday July 18th, 2016

 By OGIA MIAMEL
A public-private partnership between the Government and private hospitals will help patients seek advanced health care, Pacific International Hospital consultant ophthalmologist Dr Amyna Sultan says.
She said last week during a press conference that a PPP would allow the public to come to PIH for services and they could reach out to more people for a higher level of care.
She said PIH came up with initiatives to provide a discounted rate for the public because most patients could not afford the services.
“A lot more patients took a quotation because they had an indication that they would have to undergo an angiogram or angioplasty.
“They did not come back because they could not afford so we decided to come up with a discounted plan and we went back and tried to contact the people who had taken quotations.” she said.
She said recently upon commemoration of the first anniversary of the heart Cath lab they have invited cardiologist Dr Vineet Sankhla from India for a week.
She said inviting doctors from overseas for medical camps was one way they could provide discount fees to patients.
She said they were hopeful the Government would support this programme because the facility was not available at Port Moresby General Hospital.