Increased NHF benefits for youths come September
Effective September 1, nearly 11,000 National Health Fund (NHF) beneficiaries up to 18 years old will benefit from a 100 per cent increase in the subsidy on pharmaceuticals covered under the programme.
The current subsidy averages about 40 per cent and costs the NHF approximately $26 million annually.
Yesterday, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told Parliament that on average the subsidy will move up to cover 80 per cent of the costs drugs.
He said this will cost the NHF in the region of $70 million annually.
Tufton, who was speaking in the Sectoral Debate, said an additional 10,850 persons will benefit.
Addressing the issue of prolonged delays in getting medication at Drug Serv and hospital pharmacies, the health minister said his ministry is moving to introduce a 24-hour pharmacy service in some hospitals and extended hours in some health centres.
He said the ministry will be seeking partnerships with private pharmacies to provide more places for people to fill prescriptions and reduce the wait time to access drugs.