High bill for kidney patients

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is spending about $14 million every year to keep 236 kidney patients alive.

That disclosure from chief executive officer of the QEH, Dr Dexter James, who said the situation was putting pressure on hospital finances.

CEO of the QEH, Dr Dexter James (left), and Acting Minister of Health Donville Inniss.
CEO of the QEH, Dr Dexter James (left), and Acting Minister of Health Donville Inniss.

Speaking this morning at the second QEH Health Care Financing Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the hospital boss said that the number of kidney patients had increased substantially over the last 35 years.

In 1979, there were three patients on hemodialysis. That figure has risen to more than 224 this year.

Although admitting that it was a costly service, James said discontinuing it would be catastrophic.

Meantime, the CEO also reported that the hospital only had $190 million to sustain its minimum package of services and that did not include the planned replacement of capital items.

In his address to the conference, Acting Minister of Health Donville Inniss cautioned that Government could not provide all the resources for health care.

“The state has to define the basket of services it can and will provide to Barbadians,” he said.

However, Inniss pledged the Freundel Stuart administration’s continued commitment to doing all it could to sustain health care.

6 Responses to High bill for kidney patients

  1. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio September 27, 2014 at 6:29 am


  2. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson September 27, 2014 at 6:49 am

    If you the people in power and places would lower the prices of the healthy food then you would not have such high medical bill in the health area gala apples the you can pick even in people backyards in the USA you all have for $1.25bds all the sugary foods and the starchy foods are cheep and this is what is destroying our health what is healthy you put out of the reach of the poor and expect to promote good health shame on you lot why don’t you do your research and let us know only a certain section of society is the bigger cause

    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith September 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Fresh fruit and veg should not only be affordable and available for all. They should also look fresh and not deteriorate so quickly once you get them home!

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    It’s call a duty of care. The Kidney patients have a right to life. Why don’t they send a high bill to the pot guts government that fly around the world to the hopeless no way conferences at the tax payers expense. Wanna making bare mock sport!

  4. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    From the time that the DLP got in power they lick out the money and want Bajans to pay for every thing that the TAXES pay for already

  5. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Half of parliament will soon want kidney transplant scause they are eating out the tax payers to death,Sinkcler ,Frauudel ,Mia and the list goes on


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