Kidney Dialysis: Korle-Bu Hospital CEO Clarifies That Cost Of Treatment Has Not Been Increased

Kidney Dialysis: Korle-Bu Hospital CEO Clarifies That Cost Of Treatment Has Not Been Increased

  • The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has said the price increase for kidney dialysis has not been implemented
  • The hospital's CEO said he was unaware of the proposal to increase the cost of dialysis from GH¢380 to GH¢765.42
  • A doctor based in Accra who spoke to YEN.com.gh said the government needed to intervene to address the high cost of dialysis

The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has said the price hike in kidney dialysis has not been implemented.

Notices indicated a price increase from GH¢380 to GH¢765.42.

Korle-Bu on Cost Of Kidney Dialysis
There were reports that the cost of dialysis increased from GH¢380 to GH¢765.42. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

The Chief Executive Officer of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, said the proposed price increases have not been formally approved.

Speaking on Joy News, Ampomah said he was unaware of the increases.

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He said the proposal was only made by the relevant unit.

“This proposal had not even reached the medical directorate at the time that this thing came out, as at the time it came out, it had not even reached the Chief Executive Office yet; it was just at the department level.”

Doctor calls for more health insurance support

A doctor based in Accra who spoke to YEN.com.gh anonymously expressed his dismay at the situation.

He complained that even without the fee increase, Ghanaians still struggled to afford dialysis.

As a solution, he said the government had to find ways to ease the burden on ailing Ghanaians.

"Let health insurance cover dialysis or even the reagents they are using for dialysis, make sure they actually remove the duties that they actually put on those reagents."

PRO explains the need to increase fees

The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital said increasing the cost of dialysis treatment is imperative because the unit may cease to exist due to operational and other expenses.

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The PRO of the hospital, Mustapha Salifu, said the government used to subsidise some of the cost of the treatment.

He also disclosed that high port charges and other taxes threaten the continuous existence of the dialysis unit.

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In a related story, YEN.com.gh reported that a Nigerian lady reported her husband to her parents for lack of support.

The woman said the man only gives her N30k for family expenses.

She said her husband is stingy, an allegation the man vehemently denied.

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Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that a man called his wife pregnant despite filing for divorce.

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Delali Adogla-Bessa (Current Affairs Editor) Delali Adogla-Bessa is a Current Affairs Editor with YEN.com.gh. Delali previously worked as a freelance journalist in Ghana and has over seven years of experience in media, primarily with Citi FM, Equal Times, Ubuntu Times. Delali also volunteers with the Ghana Institute of Language Literacy and Bible Translation, where he documents efforts to preserve local languages. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2014 with a BA in Information Studies. Email: delali.adogla-bessa@yen.com.gh.

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