The Management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has clarified that it has not yet implemented the reviewed dialysis cost announced by the facility.
A notice by the head of the dialysis unit at the hospital disclosed that the cost of renal dialysis had been increased from GHS¢380 to GHS¢765.42.
This raised concerns amongst the public, who are concerned about the affordability of the treatment.
In a statement, the management explained that it is yet to submit the proposal to Parliament for approval.
Meanwhile, the ranking member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh says the proposed fee exerts unwarranted pressure on the public.
“If you are charging GH¢765 per dialysis, in some cases you have to do it three times within one week. And so we are talking about more than GH¢2000, within one month you are talking about in the region of about GH¢9000. Even me as a MP I can’t afford that and so the main objective of a public health facility is not profit making.”
“The main objective of every public health facility in this country is to offer quality healthcare to the people, it is not profit-making. Because we even know other private and quasi-health facilities that are charging less than 700 and yet they are running their departments and units,” he stated.
Read below the full statement: