Headline — 23 October 2012 — by Albert J. Ciego

The hospital says it needs the new fees to improve services and fund other programs

The public is advised that as of Thursday, November 1, in cases of non-emergency at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, they must pay an additional fee of $10, called a “consultation fee,” before a doctor is consulted.

Also, an administration fee of $5 will be added on to the prescription order, which must be paid before prescriptions are filled. All other fees remain the same.

Amandala was informed of the changes today, Monday. The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Sheena Garnett, said that the hospital is improving its revenue collection to improve services and fund other programs like cardiography, which has recently been introduced at the KHMH to carry out open heart surgery.

Garnett said that the new fees will open the way for other services and improve the present ones being offered.

She said that the $10 fee is nothing new, that it was a fee that was supposed to be charged to see doctors at the hospital, but it was not enforced, and now it is being reintroduced.

Garnett urged people to use the clinics and not to go to KHMH with non-emergency cases, because the fee will not be charged at the clinics. However, cases will not be turned away at the hospital, but non-emergency cases at KHMH are not priority, and the waiting cannot be avoided, she said.

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