23 Dec 2011

American Samoa defers planned hospital fee hikes

6:09 pm on 23 December 2011

The LBJ hospital in American Samoa has decided to delay a rate increase that was planned for December 24th until at least January 14th.

A statement the chairman of the board, Moananu Va, says there were two distinct messages from those who attended the public hearing on Monday and from written comment.

The first is to delay the fee increase for 20 days until the Fono is back in session and has the opportunity to address the issue.

The second is that if an increase is necessary it should be a smaller amount to that proposed.

Mr Va says the size of any increase depends upon the total financial package available from the government.