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Cabinet to decide on outsourcing some health services

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:13 AM
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton speaking at the launch of extended surgery hours at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

The Cabinet could next year be asked to make a decision to outsource certain health services now being offered by Government-run entities.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday said a public-private partnership policy will be taken to Cabinet as the health ministry tries to achieve greater efficiency.

Tufton notes that public health facilities are not necessarily the best entities to carry out all the functions they currently do.

He says one area being looked at for outsourcing is diagnostic testing.

 

Tufton also notes that some persons with chronic illnesses could be better served by family doctors.

He says he wants to start a pilot project in the new year to see whether this can work.

 

Health minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

However, Tufton notes that proper benchmarks relating to cost would be needed to determine whether it’s worth outsourcing some functions.

He says he plans to organise health economists to model a cost structure for administering particular services.