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Gov’t spends millions on free health care service

Published:Monday | April 28, 2008 | 11:58 AM

The Ministry of Health is reporting that since health user fees were abolished on April 1, government has absorbed $24.3 million.

Minister of Health and the Environment, Rudyard Spencer said up to April 20 more than 152,000 Jamaicans have registered at hospitals and type three to five health centres.

He said hospitals have registered more than 81,000 persons, and close to 27,000 at type 3-5 health centres.

As of April 1, patients began benefiting from a range of health services including registration, doctor\'s examination, surgeries, medications and diagnostic services.

Blood transfusions and laboratory tests are also being done being free of cost.

However, the recently instituted government policy does not apply to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).