26 Jan 2012

American Samoa hospital needs funds to avoid rate increases

9:01 am on 26 January 2012

The head of the LBJ Hospital in American Samoa says if the hospital doesn't receive tangible assistance from the government in the next ten days, he will recommend that the hopital implement higher fees.

The hospital has twice delayed a planned rate increase to give the government time to come up with funding.

Mike Gerstenberger says the hospital received the full US$354,000 subsidy from the government for the month of January last week.,

But he says the hospital currently owes vendors over US$3.3 million.

Mr Gerstenberger says the government has promised the hospital both short term relief and a long term funding plan, but has only delivered proposals.

The Senate has approved four bills to provide funding for the hospital and sent them to the House for review.