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Jamaica and PAHO partner to reform health care system

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:19 PM

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has signalled that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will next month present a final report of its organisational structure review of the health sector. 

That report will form part of the ministry’s overall 10-year strategic plan, which is already in progress. Other components of the plan will include health information system and health insurance.

Tufton’s update came yesterday as he addressed the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference in Washington, DC.  

He pointed out that the 10-year strategic plan was within the framework of the strategy for universal access to health and universal health coverage. Significantly, the Minister of Health noted that the initiative was as a result of the country’s partnership with PAHO.

“Technical co-operation was requested from PAHO in reviewing the Jamaica Public Heath Delivery System with the goal to make recommendations for restructuring the public health system for the efficient and sustainable delivery of health services to meet the needs of the population and achieve the strategic policy priorities,” Tufton told the conference Monday morning. 

PAHO assigned an international team of consultants to conduct the review during the period June-September 2017. The assessment included the review of the local evidence through the collection and analysis of an extensive set of data as well as the review of international evidence and country experiences that may inform the Ministry of Health to make evidence informed policy decisions. 

As a component of the 10-year strategic plan, Tufton said that health financing and universal access remain a priority for both Jamaica and PAHO. 

“As countries progress towards universal health, they face a number of options with regards to health financing. Through PAHO, Jamaica was able to host a national forum on health financing in December 2016, with the main objective of bringing together government and stakeholders to discuss feasible options on health financing with an emphasis on a National Health Insurance Scheme” said Tufton.