The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has plans to make it up to overcharged renal dialysis patients, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Opoku Ware, has disclosed.
According to him only five of their over 400 patients paid for the session at the illegal GHc765.42 instead of the GHc380 approved fee.
In an interview with TV3, he said the excess will be offsetted into the five patient’s next session.
“Just about five people had paid the amount as the time we issued the directive for this thing to be reversed. These are chronic dialysis patients. They come to the Unit regularly- week-on-week- so it’s just a question of offsetting what they paid in the next session.”
The Hospital yesterday discredited media reports that it had increased the fee from GHc380 per session to GHc765.42.
It said it had rather proposed a price review which was yet to be approved or otherwise by the Management of the hospital and then Parliament.
Following this, a picture of a dialysis receipt a patient from the hospital proved the amount was actually being charged by the hospital.
Additionally, a notice announcing an increase in dialysis placed on a wall in the Unit circulated on social media.
Reacting to these, Dr Ware explained that “someone put up the notice prematurely” after the proposal was made.
“When this was noticed, a directive was issued by the Director of Medical Affairs to the department to ask them to suspend and revert the old price regime till the new one is approved.”