27 Apr 2006

American Samoa Governor hints at reduction in hospital charges

9:34 am on 27 April 2006

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono has hinted at the possibility of hospital charges being lowered once the real costs of treatment and care of patients at the LBJ are determined.

Callers to the governor's radio programme expressed their disagreement with the higher fees for non residents, and sponsors being made responsible for the charges.

The Governor said the onus on sponsors to pay public charges for aliens that they bring into the territory has been law since 1960.

He said the policy is not new and the immigration office or the hospital should not be blamed for it.

The governor assured his listeners that the government was still in discussions with the hospital and intends to lower the rates to reflect the actual costs of health care once the true costs are established.