PALAU PATIENTS OWE HOSPITAL $12 MILLION

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Some unpaid bills owed by departed foreign workers

By Bernadette H. Carreon KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon,Dec. 28, 2009) – The Palau Ministry of Health will run after delinquent health bill payers as the outstanding obligations due to the hospital reached $12 million.

The amount was accumulated since 1996 and to collect the money, the matter will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for action.

Health Minister Stevenson Kuartei said some of the unpaid obligations will also be sent to a collection agency.

The Ministry however will not be able to collect all unpaid medical health bills because most of those who owe the hospital are foreign workers who have already left the island.

Unpaid obligations from Medical referral amount to $3.6 million while Filipino foreign workers owe $970,000 in medical bills.

Within Palau , $7 million is owed to the ministry.

Other nationalities owe $790,000, Pacific Islander’s meanwhile owe $15,000; Caucasians, $247,000; Japanese, $48,000; Chinese, $100,000; Koreans; $25,000 and all other nationalities amounting $112,000.

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