20 Sep 2004

Health-care plan on its way in American Samoa

3:39 pm on 20 September 2004

American Samoa will receive nearly a million US dollars from the US Department of Health and Human Services to develop a health care coverage plan.

Governor Togiola Tulafono says the award will assist in developing a sustainable coverage plan that will ensure health care access to all residents of the territory.

He said a Task Force was established last year to make recommendations and the Fono insisted on developing health coverage before hospital fees are raised.

With the grant award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the governor said a health care plan for all of the people of American Samoa can now be developed.

He has asked the public to be involved in the project which will involve interviews with residents, economic and actuarial analysis, and a household survey, and public awareness.