Health ministry prepares for free healthcare
The health ministry said it has established a command centre and has been training front line staff in preparation for the implementation of its free user health fee policy come April one.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Grace Allen Young said the changes would include flexi-opening hours at some primary health care facilities.
Dr. Allen Young said health care workers would also be trained to manage queries from staff and patients about the policy. The cashier\'s role is also to be extended to include customer service.
The Permanent Secretary said steps are to be taken to provide physical infrastructure to ensure the comfort of clients.
The health ministry announced that a number of services will be offered free at all public health facilities, except the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
These include: registration, doctor\'s examination, surgeries, medications, diagnostic services, haematology services for mothers and children, ambulance service, physiotherapy, blood transfusions and laboratory tests.