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Hospital rates going up at Guam Memorial

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Rates at the Guam Memorial Hospital are going up. For years the hospital has been challenged by flatlining finances and one of the contributing factors is its antiquated fee schedule.

According to GMH administrator Joseph Verga the rates will increase by 5% annually, an increase that is not gaining positive remarks from the community. Mila Panganiban said, "That's too much people are so poor right now everything is expensive the raise the food price everything why raise the charges for the hospitalization I don't think that is fair especially for older people you know we only depend on our meager income for social security no I do not agree with that."

The Guam Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees passed a resolution to raise rates during their last meeting. The resolution aims to establish reasonable rates for service, medication and supplies in order for GMH to meet its financial obligations, operating expenses, and capital improvement needs. According to the resolution this mean that rates will continue to rise each fiscal year, but does not specify for how long.

Ed Martinez explained, "That's going to be an impact on already burdened consumers and it's probably going to be detrimental overall to anybody that is struggling which what percentage of the island."

And while residents like Agusto Inconacion agree that it will be a burden he says people really don't have a choice. "Of course, it adds monthly, but I can't do anything if that's the law you know I have to follow," he stated.

Other residents however say they will take drastic measures, like Pacifico Corcuera, who said, "When my wife I bring here there only five hours they didn't even confine they charged me $4,000, so since that time I don't want to go there."

According to Verga once the new fee schedule is posted it will be effective immediately. We should add that the increase was agreed upon after a comparison of fees was made between GMH and other hospitals. 
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