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Aspen Medical agreement, an innovative approach to improving Fijian health care

February 14, 2019 7:47 am
Teaching Gynaecology at Lautoka Hospital

The Public Private Partnership with Aspen Medical Limited is set to benefit Fiji on a number of levels.

Economy Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum explained in Parliament that while the deal is a milestone for Fiji, it’s also an innovative approach to improving health care.

The Minister also noting that consultations to finalize the concession was thorough with government working with the International Finance Corporation.

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It will also enable the economic development of medical tourism and aged care.

“Now I remember a few years ago, we had a number of Japanese companies that were keen to set up Retirement Villages in Fiji and what actually stopped them was the inability of the Fijian economy to have a hospital that can provide full tertiary facilities, with Aspen coming in, we’ll be able to do that. So the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, one of the things that they’ll be doing of course is encouraging the Japanese companies to come to Fiji and set up these aged care facilities.”

The deal, signed in January by government is a concession agreement with Healthcare Fiji Private Limited as part of the Public Private Partnership for the Ba and Lautoka hospital.

Australian company Aspen Medical was awarded the project to carry out development of both hospitals including within the next three years a 305 bed extension as well as a range of specialized treatments.

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