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Concern in Niue over health privatisation proposal

Concern in Niue over health privatisation proposal

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:16 AEST

There's concern in Niue about the Premier's proposal to privatise the country's health centre and turn it into a hotspot for "medical tourism".

Toke Talagi has told Pacific Beat he wants to make better use of the hospital in Alofi, which can cope with the demands of a population three times the size of Niue, where just over sixteen hundred people live.

The announcement has some Niueans worried they'll be charged for medical care, although Mr Talagi says he'll implement safeguards to protect free healthcare for his citizens.

However opposition MP Terry Coe says he's baffled by the idea, because the island doesn't have the infrastructure to handle medical tourism on a large scale.

Presenter: Natalie Tencic

Speaker: Terry Coe, Niue Opposition MP

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