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Proposal to use 1/3 of NCD funding for hemodialysis therapy

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Tweet: 1/3rd NCD funding to be used for hemodialysis 

The current House of Delegates measure 11-66-7S, which would redirect 1/3 of the money from the NCD Fund to assist pay for hemodialysis therapy, cites the high cost of hemodialysis treatment for the increasing number of patients as its justification.

A national emergency was proclaimed in 2011 to address the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Republic of Palau, according to the Olbiil Era Kelulau’s results.
The results also show that there is a pressing need to assist those who need hemodialysis but are unable to pay for it because of the high cost of care.

One kind of medical therapy that is not covered by national health insurance is hemodialysis. It has been said before that the national health insurance system cannot currently afford to provide the service due to the high cost of care.

The cost of therapy per person per year, according to senator Dr. Stevenson Kuartei, is $39.494. It would cost $1,184,842 for 30 patients.

Other legislation has been put out that would require the Palau National HealthCare Fund to evaluate the cost of of hemodialysis and make it possible for people to get treatment.