24 Aug 2012

American Samoa hospital has no budget for overseas referrals

1:51 pm on 24 August 2012

American Samoa's LBJ Medical Center is not budgeting any money for the off-island medical referral program for the new fiscal year beginning this October.

A senior hospital official says there is not enough revenue generated by the hospital to allocate any funds for the referral program, which sends critical patients to the U.S. for treatment not available in the territory.

The official is hoping the Fono will come up with a supplemental appropriation for this program, that has been short of funding for more than two years.