3 Feb 2012

American Samoa legislature seeks to stop hospital fee hike

7:19 pm on 3 February 2012

All 21 members of the American Samoa House of Representatives have signed a non-binding resolution calling on the LBJ Medical Center to postpone or cancel the fee hikes set for Monday.

This comes after Hospital Authority Board said the increases would go ahead because no steps had been taken to give tangible financial assistance to keep the hospital open.

The new rate schedule will hike the outpatient fee from 10 US dollars to 50 dollars.

In the resolution, the House members say the Fono should pass a hospital tax payable by all employees, public and private, and deducted from their paychecks.

It says this is a more realistic approach to placing LBJ in a credible position of enabling it to pay suppliers now and in the future.