We’re not extorting money from patients – KATH
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has discredited reports suggesting that some officials extort money from patients.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, (KATH) in Kumasi has discredited reports suggesting that some officials at the hospital allegedly extort money from patients who undergo surgeries.
This follows claims from some patients that, they are made to pay illegitimate fees to individuals without a receipt, thus denying the hospital essential revenue.
Speaking to Citi News on the matter, Public Relations Officer of KATH, Kwame Frimpong asked patients to report any attempt to extort monies from them to the complaint section of the hospital in order for culprits to be punished.
KATH is not the only hospital that has been accused of extorting monies from patients.
Some doctors and nurses at the Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region have also been allegedly caught extorting monies from patients despite free healthcare services under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Health officials have been filmed demanding that relatives of patients pay what they describe as “ward fees.”
Reports have suggested that their targets are mainly relatives of expectant and nursing mothers who are covered under government’s free maternal healthcare scheme.