by Mindy Aguon
Guam - You can expect to pay more the next time you go to the Guam Memorial Hospital as the agency's board of trustees approved a 5% increase to rates for services, medication, and supplies. GMH Spokesperson Connor Murphy says this is the first update in hospital rates in six years and officials expect that the initiative will generate an additional $5,000,000 in revenue a year.
Although they've been able to avoid payless paydays, GMH has been struggling to meet payroll and has been trying to increase its collections. Murphy adds that with the 5% increase, the amount charged to patients still may not cover the actual cost to the hospital for the medication, service or supply.