35 Detained Patients Released After MP Settled GHC 25k Medical Bills
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa East Constituency in the Central Region, Mr. Kojo Asemanyi has bailed out 35 patients detained at the Christian Hope Hospital at Gomoa Fetteh after their inability to pay their medical bills
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Gomoa East Constituency in the Central Region, Mr. Kojo Asemanyi has bailed out 35 patients detained at the Christian Hope Hospital at Gomoa Fetteh after their inability to pay their medical bills.
The patients including new mothers who delivered through cesarean section after complications during labour and other patients who were diagnosed with different kinds of diseases were detained by the health facility for not settling their hospital bills.
The MP upon hearing the plight of the patients moved there with his entourage to make a total payment of GH¢ 25,000 to settle the medical bills.
Dr. Fred Asare (left)
“The practice of detaining people in the hospital for the non-payment of medical bills is common in secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities in Ghana," he said.
Speaking in an interview with Soiree news 24 after the presentation of GH¢ 25, 000 to settle the medical bills, Mr. Asemanyi noted that it is his topmost priority to support the poor.
He used the opportunity to appeal to Ghanaians who are blessed with money to support the needy patients in various hospitals across the country.
Scores of patients who have been released from detention in the hospital after the former MP paid their bills expressed gratitude to the former Gomoa East Legislator.
The General Manager of the Christian Hope Hospital, Dr. Fred Asare confirmed that a total of 35 patients treated and discharged at the Hope Christian Hospital who could not pay their medical bills were detained.
“As a policy in this Hospital, we save lives before we look at money so even if you don’t have money we will take care of you. So these patients requested for deferred payment which some have paid but the majority have not which is quite problematic,” Dr. Fred Asare noted.
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