Ideal Financial Holdings saves five patients stuck at Korle Bu’s Accident Centre

Ideal Financial Holdings has presented a cheque of over GH¢20,000 to the Accident Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to support some patients who have not been able to pay their bills.

The beneficiaries of the initiative are five patients who have been treated and discharged but cannot leave the hospital because they couldn’t clear their bills.

The patients, some of whom have been discharged as far back as August 2015, expressed their joy upon hearing the news and expressed their gratitude to Ideal Financial Holdings for the support.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Financial Holdings, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, noted such a gesture is part of their corporate culture as a financial conglomerate.

“One of our values is caring and each and every day we look for means to care for people who need such care. I am alarmed at how much individuals owe hospitals in this country,” he said.

Dr. Dzani added his company is looking at other ways of collaborating with Korle Bu to ensure patients who have been treated and discharged duly go home and not become economic burdens on the hospital.

“We appreciate how difficult it is to operate a hospital because you have to acquire equipment, drugs and input regularly. We want to know what you need and see how best we can help, not just as Ideal Financial Holdings, but to draw the general public’s attention and lead a campaign to clear hospital bills of under-privileged patients,” he added.

Chief Executive Officer of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Gilbert Buckle, welcomed Ideal Financial Holdings’ plans to lead a national campaign on the phenomenon.

“Your coming here is timely and a beacon of hope. Anyone of us is at the same risk of coming into the hospital and the hospital must be able to receive you, care for you, without even knowing you. We do not compromise due to the cost of input, quality of medicine and equipment and we will do what we have to do for everybody and anybody who comes in.

Dr. Buckle also impressed on other corporate bodies, the need to swiftly support such social causes.

“It costs us more keeping these patients than letting them go so now the practice is: for 24 to 48hours when we establish that this individual cannot pay, we discharge them and let social welfare do due diligence and hope and pray that the individual will be honest and come back and pay,” Dr. Buckle added.

He added that the hospital is about establishing a trust fund, to be administered as a separate public entity, to attract donations to support such endeavours. Already Korle Bu has a Critical Care Fund which supports those admitted under intensive care.

“We know and believe that there are good people out there who will support us in what we want to do. Due to issues of patient confidentiality, we cannot expose what happens here out there. It infringes on people’s rights to privacy so the best we hope for is when people request to see what is happening and then proceed to support,” he concluded.

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