In the South Pacific there are only two Dialysis Centers, one in Samoa, which started three years ago and the other is now in Fiji.
I supposed this would be between Hawaii and New Zealand but there is dialysis in Tahiti according to globaldialysis.com (even a helpful comment indicating the possibility of extended treatments dialyzing into the early morning). This may be a cultural divide since geographically they seem pretty close (considering the size of the South Pacific). The odd thing about both articles is that they focus on the promise of increased tourism as opposed to the promise of allowing people with severe kidney disease to remain in their communities.
Who wouldn't want to go to Fiji? Build the unit and the dialyzors will come. Both articles quoted a number I had never seen. As the Fiji Times Online put it:
Dr Benjamin [who heads the Cancer Services in Auckland] says there are about 50,000 people around the world in need of dialysis and this will lead them to seek treatment in Fiji.
And the great news is that there will be tourists coming for dialysis as there are over 50,000 rich people around the world who need dialysis and they want to come to places like Fiji, Dr Benjamin said.
In the FijiLive article Dr. Benjamin's quote is a little different
Dr Benjamin, who has volunteered to provide assistance to the new dialysis centre and is also head of Cancer Services in Auckland, says that apart from saving the lives of kidney patients, the Dialysis Centre would greatly promote tourism in the country.
There are 50,000 patients all over the world who would like to visit places as well as get their treatment done and Fiji provides them with both, according to Dr Benjamin.
That 50,000 number of course caught my attention. Most likely this is a well meaning cancer doc pulling an number out of
his a the air. Besides generate wanderdesire and make me want to lie on a beach in the South Pacific, the article did cause me to wonder how large is the dialyzor visitor market for Fiji? I'm not sure you need to be rich. It may be that there are funds to reimburse for treatment for dialyzors from the UK, EU or Australia/New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand would be the target markets, just due to proximity. I might fly through Hawaii to visit Fiji but I am not sure how many other Americans would.