High cost of hemodialysis treatment for the growing number of patients is the cited reason for the current bill 11-66-7S  in the House of Delegates, to divert ⅓ of the money from the NCD Fund to help pay for the hemodialysis treatment.

“The Olbiil Era Kelulau finds that the prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD’s) is a significant issue in the Republic of Palau, such an issue that a national emergency was declared to respond to it in 2011,” the findings reads.

The findings further state that there is urgent need to help people who require hemodialysis treatment that due to high cost of treatment, simply cannot afford it.

Hemodialysis treatment is one of those medical treatments not covered under the national health insurance.  Due to high cost of treatment, it has been said before that national health insurance can not afford to offer the service under its current system.

Senator Dr. Stevenson Kuartei said that the cost of treatment per person per year is the 39,494.  With 30 patients, it would cost $1,184,842

Other bills have been proposed seeking to mandate Palau National HealthCare Fund to conduct a study on cost the hemodialysis and make it feasible for persons to access treatment.  (By: L.N. Reklai)

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