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Ghana's cost of Healthcare Korle Bu CEO justifies increment in patient folders

Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital, Gilbert Buckle has attributed the recent increment in patient folders at the hospital to the cost of utility tariffs.

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Chief Executive Officer of Korle Bu, Gilbert Buckle

Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital, Gilbert Buckle has attributed the recent increment in patient folders at the hospital to the cost of utility tariffs.

Patient folders at the facility since June last year, have gone up from 20 cedis to about 60 cedis, with patients subsequently expressing worry over the situation.

But the CEO of the hospital has justified the increment adding that "The fees and charges as it is now does not cover the cost of electricity; it does not cover the cost of water; it does not cover the cost of painting and refurbishing the hospital; it does not cover the cost of retooling inputs to which we used to work on.

"So we are actually in the gradual process of increasing fees and charges to recover the full cost of producing services," he said.

According to him, even though increment in cost of care is not a 'palatable' option, "until we have another way to finance healthcare, the only way will be for the user of the care to pay for the services that they consume."

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The CEO made these known after a tour of the hospital with the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia following the closure of the three surgical clinics at the hospital.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital released a statement over the weekend saying it has suspended operations at the three clinics under the Department of Surgery, which are the Urology Clinic, General Surgery Clinic and Neurosurgery Clinic.

Chief Executive Officer, Gilbert Buckle explained that the three clinics have been closed for almost two years due to human error in procuring some consumables for the facilities.

He was however hopeful that the three would be reopened in March.

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