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NZ asked to ease access for Tahiti medivac patients


The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he will discuss with the health minister if the charges for French Polynesians seeking medical help in New Zealand could be reconsidered.

Tahitinews says this follows a meeting in Papeete between Mr McCully and the French Polynesian government during which the French Polynesian health minister, Beatrice Chansin, asked if the charges being levied for medical evacuations could be reviewed.

via NZ asked to ease access for Tahiti medivac patients.

400 seen by eye specialists


ABOUT 400 patients have been seen by overseas specialists visiting Sigatoka although this number is expected to reach about 700 today.

The 18 eye specialists from Benevolent Missions International, a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to providing ophthalmic care to the under-served, have been conducting free clinics since arriving in Fiji last Sunday.

via 400 seen by eye specialists – Fiji Times Online.

Palau’s president visits its citizens at Shin Kong hospital


President of Palau, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr, on Friday visited three Palauan patients at Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei.

Remengesau came to Taiwan as the head of a delegation of 10 government officials from his country to attend the celebrations of Taiwan’s National Day.

via Palau’s president visits its citizens at Shin Kong hospital | Society | FOCUS TAIWAN – CNA ENGLISH NEWS.

Medical aid to Nauru following hospital fires


MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation conducted an urgent medical resupply mission at the request of the Government of Nauru following a fire that destroyed parts of Nauru’s main hospital.

Israel’s existing medical cooperation with Nauru placed it in a unique position to offer such assistance. Following the request $25,000 AUD of medical aid was dispatched by MASHAV immediately, with the most-needed items air freighted.

via Medical aid to Nauru following hospital fires – Nauru – News – Islands Business magazine.

Access restricted in French Polynesia hospital strike


Striking employees at French Polynesia’s main hospital have blocked access for all vehicles except ambulances.

This comes on the second day of a stoppage at Tahiti’s Taaone hospital where hundreds of staff want to have better contracts.

via Access restricted in French Polynesia hospital strike.

Clinics partner to end cancer drug shortage


A new partnership between two cancer clinics has averted a local shortage of cancer drugs.

Cancer Center of Guam oncologist Dr. Sam Friedman said the center’s chemotherapy drug supplier stopped doing business last month, with only a week’s notice, and left the clinic without a supplier.

via Clinics partner to end cancer drug shortage | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.

Australian Volunteer Surgeons to Visit Western Province


A visiting Australian volunteer surgical team will spend two weeks in Western Province later this month providing free consultations and treatment for people with medical or general surgical conditions.

via Australian Volunteer Surgeons to Visit Western Province – Solomon Times Online.

More Medicare for GMH: $100 bump falls far short of hospital’s goal


Pacific Daily News file photoWritten byCameron MiculkaPacific Daily News Filed Under News Local News<B>Ulrich</B>ZoomUlrichMoreThe island’s struggling hospital is getting some relief from the federal government in the form of an adjustment to the hospital’s reimbursement rates.The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given Guam Memorial Hospital an adjusted rate for in-patient services, lifting the rate to $1,100 per patient per day, said Alan Ulrich, the hospital’s chief financial officer.

via More Medicare for GMH: $100 bump falls far short of hospital’s goal | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.