June 3 disaster victims to get refund of medical bills – Dep Health Minister

Victims of the June 3 floods and fire disaster in Accra will receive a refund of their medical bills, the government has assured.

The governments says it has allocated funds to cater for the medical care of victims who have received or are currently receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, the Police Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

The call is coming in the wake of reports that some persons are still paying for medical treatment at the medical facilities while some, who paid for their bills, have been discharged.

Goverment says all monies spent by the victims will be refunded.

About 150 died after floods that resulted from torrential rains ravaged large parts of the capital. A fire at the Goil filing station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle left more than a hundred dead.

President John Dramani Mahama, shortly after the disaster, announced a GH¢50 million package to assist the victims.

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Bampoe speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM with Kojo Yankson Tuesday said no victim is expected to pay for medical care.

He said, “Going forward nobody is going to pay any money and then for those who’ve already paid, we ask that those payments be vetted and then we will find the mechanism by which those monies can be refunded to them.”

A statement issued by the Deputy Minister of Health, said monies have been paid to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (GH¢ 98,800), 37 Military Hospital (GH¢ 306,600), Ridge hospital (GH¢ 60,200) and Ghana Police Hospital (GH¢ 35,000) to cater for the medical care of the victims on admission.

The statement said the amount covers the medical expenses of 151 victims. Already, 71 of the victims have been treated and discharged, while 80 are still on admission.

“Going forward nobody is going to make out of pocket treatments for their treatments,” Dr Bampoe assured on the Super Morning Show.

“We have checked with all the hospitals and the cheques have indeed been delivered. They were delivered on Sunday,” he confirmed and urged a family member of a deceased victim to “go back to Korle Bu and dialogue with the authorities so we can see how best they can refund the money that they spend on him.”

Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)


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