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Government of Belize to Expand Hemodialysis Program #532593
10/04/18 04:24 AM
10/04/18 04:24 AM
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The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, with the approval and support of Cabinet, has agreed to expand the Hemodialysis program to cover more than twice the number of patients with end-stage Renal failure. The implementation of the expanded program is as follows:

1. Ministry of Health will contract with the following providers: KHMHA, Loma Luz Hospital, Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center, and Dialysis del Caribe. The Ministry has evaluated and certified that these establishments have met acceptable standards for quality care.

2. The Ministry will pay the contracted provider for 2 dialysis sessions per week per patient. The patient will be required to pay the third session directly to the provider.

3. All 15 patients registered with KHMHA will continue with KHMHA; the 16 presently on the program at the La Loma Luz Hospital will remain there and an additional 6 patients will be transferred from Dialysis del Caribe. These are patients that live in the San Ignacio area; The Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center will remain with its 16 patients; Dialysis del Caribe will have 35 patients that will be paid for by the Government of Belize as per guideline.

4. The Ministry will be signing the contracts with the terms and conditions by next week Monday, 8th October. The Ministry will keep the public informed on when the contracts become viable and they can then expect to get the two weekly sessions paid for by Government.

Any information regarding the contracted services being paid by Government should be addressed with the Office of the Director of Health Services.

Re: Government of Belize to Expand Hemodialysis Program [Re: Marty] #532595
10/04/18 04:45 AM
10/04/18 04:45 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Deliverance For Dialysis Patients

Tonight, 100 or so persons with kidney failure all across the country are breathing a sigh of relief, as government announced the details of a long-promised dialysis support program.

According to a release, Government has agreed to expand the current program to cover more than twice the number of patients with end-stage Renal failure.

Minister of Health Pablo Marin gave us the broad outlines of the program this morning in Belmopan:..

Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health
"For the people that have the renal failure, my objective is if I can help one person, I don't think that is right. We were given 3 dialysis sessions to a group of patients which were about 60 of them and then I saw another 40 of them that are struggling to pay one. I didn't see it right. So I started to look at all the different aspects of it and how I can change it. I know I had some people that were taking 3 and if they don't take the 3, then what will happen. So I used to say what happened to those that are not getting anything. And it took me a time, because we had people that were resistant to what I was trying to do and I had to show them exactly why was it that I am doing it, even though I have Glenn Tillett bombarding me. He doesn't know all the struggles that I am trying to reach this point which I will be doing next week. So that is my concern and for me to share it with every person that is receiving dialysis here in Belize. I'll give them 2. I think it's the best way to go and I am sorry I have to apologize to the people that are getting 3 and I have to reduce it to 2, but what happens to the rest of them? This is what I want the people out there to realize, what happens to the rest of them that are not receiving it? I cannot help the people that are getting dialysis outside of Belize. But the people that have it here. At the end of the day every single person that is suffering with kidney failure and getting the dialysis in country will get 2 dialysis each one of them. Even though I have to increase the budget a little bit more, and that's why I need to give thanks to the prime minister and the cabinet colleagues, because they look at it and they saw that yes, it is better for us to give 2, rather than not to give about 40 of them anything."

Contracts will be signed at a ceremony next week Monday.

So here's what will happen. There are currently four centers providing dialysis that meet what the Ministry has determined are acceptable standards for quality care. Those are the KHMH, the Loma Luz Hospital, the Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center at Belize Healthcare Partners, and Dialysis del Caribe.

Under this new deal, the Ministry will pay these providers for 2 dialysis sessions per week per patient. Most patients need three session, so they will have to pay the third session directly to the provider.

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