Investigation show that patients in need of treatment may soon have to turn to locally made cures and concoctions as price of health care services in both private and public health facilities around the country continues to go up.
Medical practitioners have linked the hike in price to the recession currently hitting the country, reports Punch.
Many hospital owners, doctors, pharmacists and patients noted that the fees for major surgeries as well as prices of drugs in many hospitals, especially the privately-owned ones, had increased significantly, the report said.
The Medical Director, Light Heart Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State, Dr. Segun Adeniran, who confirmed the increment, said the cost of the medical consumables had gone up.
Besides, the overhead cost of running the health facility, Adeniran noted, had doubled with the inflation and recent hike in fuel prices.
The physician added, “We used to charge N100,000 for emergency Caesarean Section but it is now N150,000. I was shocked when I travelled to Lagos the other day to buy some consumables for the hospital and I found out that their prices had changed. In fact, I could only buy half of what I needed. It was that bad.
“Even the doctor that assists me with the surgery has asked for an increment. The price of the anaesthesia for patients during surgeries has shot up. It is either I increase the price or I shut down my facility.”
Another doctor, Ahmed Jubril, said he “adjusted” the fees he charged at his Ikorodu, Lagos clinic, in line with the current economic reality in the country.
Jubril added that with the recession in the country, many hospitals owners would find it difficult bear the cost of providing services to the public.
Asked if this could scare patients from his hospital, Jubril said although it was a painful decision to increase his fees, he did so to keep his facility afloat.
He explained, “I spend an average of N200,000 buying fuel each month. It used to be N100,000. You must turn on the generator for patients because if anything happens while they are on admission, you can be found liable.
“This is aside from the cost of maintaining the laboratory equipment and buying consumables. Right now, I owe the pharmacist that supplies drugs to my hospital. So, if a patient comes to treat cerebral malaria, I should bear the cost of the injections and drugs that have gone up. People must remember that doctors also live in Nigeria not Mars.”
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