24th September 01:10 AM
General Practitioners Program to start after Ministry identifies all areas that need GP services
By Iva Danford
Thursday 11/07/2019
Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete

The Ministry of Health says the General Practitioners Program will start after they identify all the areas that need GP services.

Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete says they are currently going through the details to ensure that they have identified the right places where this program can start.

Waqainabete says they are looking at areas where there is only one health facility and he has met with the general practitioners in the country.

He says that this was the delay and they are working to get this program up and running. It was scheduled to start on the 1st of January this year.

Waqainabete says that GPs also provide support in a number of public hospitals where there is lack of doctors and are paid $50 an hour and specialists are paid $80 an hour.

Under the General Practitioners Program, doctors will expand their services into disadvantaged communities with the government footing the costs for the patients that will be seen by them.

The Health Minister says that the GP Program is going through due diligence as there are things that need to be set out by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Health before the program is finally rolled out.  

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