Ghanaians to pay more for medical services

Ghanaians to pay more for medical services

- The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has announced an increment in the cost of medical services

- The affects services such are autopsy reports, exhumation, permission cases, general medical reports for school, travel, employment, mortgage and police reports

- This was contained in a letter the association wrote to its members

Effective September 1, 2019, there will be an increment in cost of medical services, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has announced.

According to the GMA, there will be extra payments for the professional service delivered by medical practitioners.

In a letter written to its members, the Association said the increment will affect autopsy reports, exhumation and permission cases.

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Other services that will be affected by the increment are police reports, general medical reports for school, travel, employment and mortgage.

The stated professional fees are the actual payments (money) to be given to or received by the Medical Doctor or Dentist irrespective of whatever collection procedure (with or without administrative charges) put in place at the facility or institutional level,” sections of the latter reads.

The fees are to be paid directly to the individual doctor aside any other administrative charges that will be paid to the medical facility a patient seeks attention from.

Explaining further on the service increment, the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yankson said the increment boarders on payments for the professional service of the medical practitioner.

If a pathologist should look into an issue and he does the autopsy and comes out with his report, that report is part of his regular services for the facility that he works with. He is employed as pathologist for that facility and he has done his work so no fee for that pathologist for that work,” Dr. Yankson told Accra-based Citi FM.

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However, if this man has to go and exhume a body, that is the Judicial Service, the Coroner’s office says it wants Pathologist to perform this autopsy for them and come out with a report, that will be furnished to the Coroner’s office.

“We are saying that, that is not the man’s traditional job, it is a one-off thing you have contracted him,” he added.

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