MP Akandoh denies Parliament’s sanction on dialysis fee hike

MP Akandoh denies Parliament's sanction on dialysis fee hike

Member of for Joaboso, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has refuted claims suggesting that Parliament endorsed the new fees for dialysis treatment recently implemented by the (KBTH).

The hospital initiated a fee hike for dialysis treatment, raising the cost from GH¢380 to GH¢491. This increase has sparked concerns among the Renal Patients Association of Ghana, who fear it will impose further financial strain on patients already grappling with existing bills.

In an interview with Umaru Sanda on Eyewitness News on May 14, Mr. Akandoh, who also serves as the Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament, clarified that Parliament did not approve the new fees imposed by the hospital.

“We never agreed at the committee level that the cost of dialysis must be increased. What happened was that the must waive all taxes on the [regent] of dialysis. So, it came to me as a shock when all the media houses were calling to tell me that fees had been increased. I don't get it,” he stated.

Mr. Akandoh expressed surprise at the notion that Parliament had proposed and approved the fee hike, emphasizing that such claims were unfounded. He highlighted the need for clarity on the matter and urged for measures to alleviate the financial burden on dialysis patients.

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