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Children in State care to get NHF cards

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 11:21 AM
State Minister in the Ministry of Education and Youth and Information, Floyd Green.

State Minister in the Ministry of Education and Youth and Information Floyd Green says children in State care are to be provided with National Health Fund (NHF) cards to offset the cost for medication and specialised health services.

In his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Green noted that the move is one of several measures being implemented by the Government to meet the medical needs of these children.

The decision was reportedly taken following meetings with private home operators and foster-parents across the island.

Green also informed that a special day will be allocated at all primary health centres to treat children in State care.

He said discussions are under way with the Ministry of Health to finalise this arrangement.

In addition, the Child Development Agency (CDA) will be contracting the services of a private doctor in each parish to attend to children in the event of a medical emergency.

Charges for these services will be billed to the CDA.

The State Minister also announced that the Government will be making it easier for foster-parents to finance healthcare for the children under their care by allowing them to add these children to their personal health insurance.