As of Monday next week, costs incurred for all referral cases to and from the National Referral Hospital will be an expense for the provincial health services.
This is part of National Referral Hospital’s new ‘Referred Patients Sea Fare Policy.’
This means the National Referral Hospital will no longer be responsible to meet costs related to patients’ referral.
This will also affect repatriation costs of patients undergoing tertiary inpatient health services overseas.
The enforcement is necessary after the policy is approved by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
National Referral Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Steve Aumanu said, this change, however, would not affect emergency cases adding, NRH will still maintain its Emergency Provincial Hospital Referrals.
“The Ministry of Health and medical services and the National referral hospital will continue to maintain responsibility for emergency provincial hospital referrals to the NRH, ” he said.”
“Patients in need of emergency medical care may need to be flown into Honiara for treatment, this may involve charter flights, this is very expensive and should be authorized in advance by the NRH medical superintendent.”
By: Fred Osifelo.