6 Feb 2006

American Samoa's LBJ Hospital Chairman pleased challenge to increased fees thrown out

11:10 am on 6 February 2006

The Chairman of the LBJ Medical Center's board, Charles Warren, says he is pleased that the High Court of American Samoa has dismissed the Senate law suit calling for increased charges to be scrapped.

Mr Warren is quoted by the Samoa News saying that increasing the fees was not an easy decision for the board and management, and was done only after many hours of deliberation.

He said the goal was to provide quality health care to the residents of the Territory, and that cannot be done with the LBJ continually operating at a deficit.

Chief Justice Michael Kruse ruled that the Senate did not have standing to bring the complaint and has dismissed it without hearing the merits of the allegations.