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NHF to develop National Health Insurance Scheme

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 9:55 AM
NHF Chairman, Christopher Zacca, says the Fund was recently given the mandate by Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton.

The National Health Fund (NHF) is to develop Jamaica's National Health Insurance Scheme to fund the public healthcare system.

NHF Chairman, Christopher Zacca, says the Fund was recently given the mandate by Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton.

The NHF was established by the Government to reduce the financial burden of healthcare on the population by subsidising the cost of medication for 16 chronic illnesses.

Zacca told the JIS that work on developing the scheme has begun, but noted that it may take a year or two to be completed.

The introduction of a National Health Insurance Scheme is one of several campaign promises made by the Jamaica Labour Party which is aimed at improving access to healthcare.

In its manifesto, the JLP said the scheme would be introduced in two phases with the first targeting the elderly, poor and vulnerable persons.

The JLP stated that beneficiaries would receive benefits for doctors’ visits, hospital outpatient visits and eye exams.