Parliamentary Committee denies approving dialysis cost increment

The Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament, Dr. Dominic Ayine, has clarified that the committee did not recommend any increases in the cost of dialysis in public hospitals.

This comes after concerns were raised about a new charge of GHS491 for dialysis treatment in government hospitals.

According to Dr. Ayine, the committee advised the Finance Minister to consider subsidizing or removing the previous cost, rather than imposing additional charges on patients. The committee did not approve the new charge, and the Minister was asked to provide feedback on the committee’s considerations.

The Ranking Member of the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, drew attention to the matter on the floor of Parliament, seeking the Speaker’s intervention.

The Speaker, Alban Bagbin, has directed the Subsidiary Legislation Committee to visit dialysis centers and report back to the House with their findings.

The committee’s investigation and report are expected to shed more light on the issue and guide further deliberations in Parliament.

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