‘VIPs’ to Pay More at Sanglah Hospital

DENPASAR

The cost of accommodation for inpatients at Bali’s main Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar has risen, with hospital officials claiming the hikes were needed to cover increased overheads.

From April 1 the nightly cost of a top “VIP” room at the hospital has jumped from Rp800,000 (US$92) a night to Rp1 million (US$116), with increases of in the cost of other accommodation increasing by between Rp50,000 and Rp200,000 a night.

Sanglah finance director Dr A.A. Saraswati said increased running costs had prompted the hikes.

“For the VIP and international wings the rates have been in place since 2007 and haven’t been raised until now. In that period the cost of fuel has gone up several times, and so has the cost of electricity,” Saraswati said.

Saraswati explained that although Sanglah is a government hospital, the cost of VIP accommodation could be decided independently by the directors. Increases in the cost of other accommodation had to be approved by the Health Ministry, however.

While there are plans to raise prices for all accommodation at the hospital, these were still awaiting government approval, Saraswati said.

In addition to the rise in accommodation costs, the fee for a basic consultation in the hospital’s polyclinic has been raised from Rp65,000 to Rp100,000).

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