Bookmark Jamaica-Gleaner.com
Go-Jamaica Gleaner Classifieds Discover Jamaica Youth Link Jamaica
Business Directory Go Shopping inns of jamaica Local Communities

Home
Lead Stories
News
Business
Sport
Commentary
Letters
Entertainment
Social
Caribbean
More News
The Star
Financial Gleaner
Overseas News
The Voice
Communities
Hospitality Jamaica
Google
Web
Jamaica- gleaner.com

Archives
1998 - Now (HTML)
1834 - Now (PDF)
Services
Find a Jamaican
Careers
Library
Power 106FM
Weather
Subscriptions
News by E-mail
Newsletter
Print Subscriptions
Interactive
Chat
Dating & Love
Free Email
Guestbook
ScreenSavers
Submit a Letter
WebCam
Weekly Poll
About Us
Advertising
Gleaner Company
Contact Us
Other News
Stabroek News



Congrats to Scotiabank Foundation
published: Friday | May 23, 2008

The Editor, Sir:

We must congratulate the Scotiabank Foundation for coming to the assistance of scoliosis patients in Jamaica. This is indeed a very timely and much-appreciated gesture.

A large percentage of patients diagnosed with the illness are persons with no health insurance and persons lacking financial resources. And, even if there is insurance, based on the extremely high cost of the surgery and treatment, the 20 per cent contribution is prohibitive for the family of most of these patients. I think I can speak with some authority on the costs involved as I am currently preparing a family member for surgery in early summer.

Children impacted

What makes the Scotiabank Foundation's gesture even more meaningful is the fact that it's the lives of our children - our future - that will be positively impacted.

While there are many private sector organisations that have been contributing quietly, I think that more could be done to assist those who cannot afford the cost for the corrective measures required. From time to time, we have overseas doctors coming to Jamaica to perform a wide range of essential surgeries free of cost.

Is this something that our medical personnel could look at or is it impossible to totally discount the fees?

Allow for more benefits

Could something be worked out for these very poor persons who clearly have no means to alleviate the long suffering and trauma as in the case of the person I made reference to? This would surely allow more children to benefit from the pool of funds set aside by the Scotiabank Foundation.

Thanks again, Scotiabank Foundation, for making a difference in the lives of our Jamaican children.

I am, etc.,

PAT BIGNALL

wilbig@cwjamaica.com

More Letters



Print this Page

Letters to the Editor

Most Popular Stories






© Copyright 1997-2008 Gleaner Company Ltd.
Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Letters to the Editor | Suggestions | Add our RSS feed
Home - Jamaica Gleaner