According to a memorandum issued by the management of the hospital, patients’ folder and identity card for new cases, which used to be GHS¢25 will now cost GH¢40.
“Consultation for both old and new cases, which used to be GH¢10 is now GH¢20 while admission at the Very Important Personality (VIP) ward, which was free, will now be offered at GH¢800,” it said.
For admissions at ordinary wards, which used to be free, the memo stated that patients will now be charged GHS500.
Token for drugs, which was charged GH¢5 has also been increased to GH¢10 and sanitation fees, which used to be free is also now
GH¢20 at the moment, the memo said, adding that “foreigners would be charged twice the above fees for all services, which takes immediate effect”.
A source close to the hospital told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that the memo was released from the director of the hospital asking all units and departments to co-operate with the management in that directive.
“The management of the hospital however explained in the memo that the hike in its service delivery fees follows the acute shortage of critical consumables needed for the provision of care in the facility,” the source said.
The Accra Psychiatric Hospital has for the past few months faced disruptions in service delivery due to lack of funds, food and medical supplies to run the hospital.
The hospital, as of now, owes its suppliers about GH¢3.6 million.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey