Ghana: Government Considers Dialysis Subsidies Amidst Health Concerns

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Ghana’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has disclosed the government’s contemplation of subsidizing the expenses associated with dialysis treatment for individuals grappling with kidney diseases

This revelation follows complaints from the Renal Patients Association of Ghana concerning the prohibitive cost of dialysis and treatment at medical institutions such as the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).

Speaking at the 50th anniversary and Annual Congress of Medical Laboratory Scientists, the Minister highlighted that comprehensive consultations are underway to address the dialysis crisis.

I have reported to cabinet and cabinet is expecting a proposal from me. This morning as I came to this function, I met with the Kidney Association of Ghana and we are all talking and we are working on certain things


Yesterday, I met with some parliamentarians and we are soliciting views. We will either put it on the health insurance or government finds subsidy to bring it down, and we are probably even looking at health insurance nomenclature to see how best we can solve that, he said.

The aim is to find viable solutions to make essential medical treatments more accessible and affordable.

In other subject, the Minister addressing the recent shortage of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, assured that steps are being taken to prevent a recurrence. A committee is slated to be formed to investigate the root causes behind the shortage, ensuring the continuous availability of crucial medications.

Simultaneously, the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists is advocating for the enactment of legislation that establishes a medical laboratory science council. This proposed council would regulate the profession of medical lab scientists nationwide.

Additionally, the association is urging the Ministry of Health to establish a dedicated directorate at national, regional, and district levels, responsible for overseeing Medical Laboratory services. These initiatives aim to enhance the governance and quality of medical laboratory practices across the country.

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