The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has, per the approval of Parliament, increased the fees and charges for healthcare services rendered at the health facility.
The upward revision of fees by the hospital which affects over 600 fees and charges took effect from June 1, 2015.
This means that patients who visit the health facility will have to pay more than they usually pay for healthcare services.
Patients who for instance visit the out-patients department (OPD) of the hospital will now have to pay GH¢21 instead of the previous GH¢18 for a folder to see the doctor, while those for consultations will be required to pay GH¢42 instead of the GH¢12 upon review.
Mustapha Salifu, Head of Public Relations Unit of KBTH, in a phone interview said the revision of fees was necessitated by the increasing cost of consumables and input needed in the care of patients.
‘We needed to ask for this review to enable us to keep up with the current trend in hospital service and this we did through a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance,’ he said.
Mr Salifu, however, mentioned that the revised fees would enable the hospital to maintain and enhance the services the hospital provides to its clients.
He said the upward fees affect other 45 government institutions and agencies, Korle Bu inclusive.
Commenting on the how prepared the patients are to accept the new fees and charges, he said the hospital notified them a couple of weeks ago and also mounted education activities across the departments.
He mentioned that patients have taken the new fees in good fate and were complying with hospital management for smooth operation.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
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