The management of the Korle –bu Teaching Hospital, together with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, in 2009 introduced payment platforms to facilitate payment for services and products and has asked patients to take advantage of them for effective and efficient services
The payment points are available at the Central Out Patient Department, Children, Gynaecology, Surgical, Pathology and Ear, Nose and Throat Departments.
This comes in the wake of complains by some members of the public that persons in charge of payment at the hospital, especially the maternity block, were most often not present making it impossible for discharged patient to leave the hospital.
However, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Mustapha Salifu, says under the free maternal health policy, no woman is expected to pay for delivery and found it rather strange that complains were coming from that maternity unit.
He said payments could only be made in complicated cases which were unrelated to deliveries and that even with that the payment point were available.
Mr Salifu further explained that expectants mothers, including those who have been referred and emergencies cases that are not covered by health insurance, were taken on board at the point of delivery and were not expected to pay.
According to him, the hospital will still look into the complains and remedy the situation should the allegations be true.