Patients will only give laboratory-matching charges

THE Minister of Health, Humaid Al Qutami, has issued a Decree No. 474 2006 which says that private hospitals will pay the MoH, the original price of the blood unit so that the patients can be assisted financially.

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Published: Thu 1 Jun 2006, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:19 PM

The decree also says that government hospitals will be provided blood free of charge, and also the patients without a health card.

Dr Amin Al Amiri also sent a reminding circular to all private hospitals in the country specifying the new fees for blood units and it's basic elements.

"We are doing this to cover our costs," he said, stressing: "It is banned to collect or receive any profit or additional cash amounts from patients in exchange of blood units and its elements, and to settle for the original price collected by MoH without any profit as per the contract signed between all private hospitals and the Department of Blood Transfusion and Research Services, MoH.

The circular also said that the private hospitals were banned from collecting any amount of money in exchange for the blood units and its elements, which were not transfused, to a patient. They can only charge the patient for the laboratory matching tests.

Dr Amiri also asked all private hospitals to send a list of bill-able diagnoses and procedures, within a week, needed to transfuse blood to patients suggesting that it be kept as humane as possible.



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