7 Jul 2003

Marshalls end debt to hospitals in Hawaii

6:57 am on 7 July 2003

The Marshall Islands has ended years of multi million dollar debt to Hawaii hospitals.

The debts had resulted from medical evacuations to Honolulu but last year several hospitals refused to take more patients because of the outstanding money.

A Ministry of Health official, Dwight Heine, says they have saved nearly two million US dollars on the Hawaii medical bills and are now completely paid up at five of the six hospitals they use.

He says they went through the bills line by line last year, and this along with negotiations on a previous debt of three point eight million dollars cut the debt by more than fifty percent.

And he says all but a quarter of million dollars owed to one hospital has now been paid.