Councillor Requests Government to Assistant Outpatients

| April 20, 2015

Councillor Bethuel Botumile of Newtown ward in Serowe has proposed that referring hospitals should foot bills of outpatients referred to other medical facilities in the country.

Cllr Botumile argued that hospitals should issue outpatients with travel warrants and provide them with food and accommodation to assist them to get medical attention they required.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting addressed by Serowe North Member of Parliament, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse recently, Cllr Botumile argued that many referred outpatients failed to honour such appointments as they complained of lack of money for transport, food as well as accommodation.

He opined that people, especially from poor families and rural areas could not afford to access medical services since many of the best hospitals were based in urban and semi-urban areas and hence needed transport to access.

He stressed that outpatients still remained clients to the referring hospitals and hospitals should provide for them until they accessed the prescribed attention.

“My contention here is that if a hospital finds it crucial to refer a patient to another health facility then the onus falls on that referring hospital to see to it that the patient accesses those services,” Cllr Botumile said, adding some patients were released from hospitals yet not fit enough to board buses.

However, Cllr Botumile highlighted that outpatients who chose to visit other hospitals on their own should foot their own bills.

He also added that those accompanying referred patients would foot their own bills.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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