Cost of dialysis: Government’s initiative provides relief for patients

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Patients on dialysis in Ghana can finally breathe easier as the government steps in to alleviate their financial burdens.

The recent allocation of GH¢2,000,000.00, sanctioned by Parliament under the NHIA’s 2024 Allocation Formula, marks a significant milestone in the quest to support vulnerable individuals in need of dialysis.

Victoria Donkor, a 50-year-old patient who has been undergoing dialysis for 16 years, embodies the struggles and hopes of many.

Victoria Donkor

With the cost of dialysis continuously rising, the announcement of government coverage comes as a beacon of hope for patients like Victoria. However, concerns linger, particularly regarding the age range covered by the initiative.

The decision to provide coverage for dialysis costs reflects a collaborative effort between stakeholders, with the NHIA playing a pivotal role in ensuring implementation.

Dr. Da-Costa Aboagye, CEO of the NHIA, emphasized the challenges encountered in reaching this decision, but expressed commitment to fulfilling the promise made to kidney patients.

Dr. Da-Costa Aboagye

While the initiative provides relief for some, there are calls for further support from the government and other stakeholders.

Baffour Kojo Ahenkorah, President of the Renal Patient Association of Ghana, highlights the ongoing struggles faced by kidney patients and advocates for additional measures to address their needs.

Prof. Vincent Boima, Head of the Kidney Disease Unit, emphasized the importance of caution in implementing the program, underscoring the complexity of managing kidney-related health issues.

Prof. Vincent Boima

Under the new program, individuals under 18 and over 60 years will receive up to eight free dialysis sessions per month for an initial six-month period. For those aged 18 to 59 years, the program will subsidize two sessions per month at GH¢491 each across government dialysis facilities, except for Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

As the government initiative takes effect, it brings hope to kidney patients across Ghana, signaling a step forward in addressing the challenges faced by this vulnerable group.

However, continuous efforts and collaboration will be crucial in ensuring sustainable support for kidney patients in the long run.

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