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Patients sent for treatment abroad rising steadily

More than 300 patients were sent to the UK for treatment last year, at a cost of ₏1.7 million to the government. Addressing a news conference this morning, health minister Joseph Cassar said the number of patients sent abroad for treatment has been increasing steadily from 279 in 2008 to 314 last year. A total of 261 patients have been sent for treatment abroad so far this year. Dr Cassar said that an agreement Malta had with the UK allowed the country to send 180 patients for treatment free each year and the rest were paid for by the government. In return, British nationals who were in Malta and required treatment received it free of charge. Malta had a treatment abroad committee that was composed of medical experts and a patients’ representative. This committee determined whether or not a patient could be sent abroad for treatment. Patients were usually sent abroad for highly specialised urgent procedures not available in Malta. Over and above this, medical experts and consultants visited Malta from time to time giving medical services not offered regularly on the island. The minister noted that at the beginning of next month, a historic agreement with the Italian regions of‌ timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/patients-sent-for-treatment-abroad-rising-steadily/

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