Patients have made enquiries with Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospitals (SSPH) Ltd (Fiji) for financial assistance to undergo open heart surgeries in the country later this month.
Yesterday, senior cardiologist from India, Dr Keshav Kale started performing angiograms to identify patients in urgent need of open heart surgery.
The angiograms will detect blockages in the heart of a person.
SSPHL official Dr Netra Vishwakarma said the Fiji Government had a subsidised price structure for the angiograms and it appeared to be extremely competitive in comparison with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India.
SSPHL director Professor Manu Munibhargav said such low costs for angiograms may not be feasible in the private sector and that the cost for the same procedure was about 10 times higher in comparison with the government-subsidised cost.
Prof Munibhargav said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services was developing cardiology facilities in the country on a continuing basis, with angiograms and angioplasty being performed in Fiji now.
Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, who has performed open heart surgeries in New Zealand, India and other countries, will make his fifth trip to Fiji.
Prof Munibhargav says Dr Kulkarni is well-versed with the Pacific culture with reference to heart problems.
“We are also aggressively working to make Fiji a hub for medical tourism in the South Pacific,” he said.
The company expects to operate on 40 patients from Fiji and some Pacific Island countries from November 21 to December 2.