Grenada pushing for National Health Insurance Scheme early next year

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:17 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 25, 2015-GIS: The Grenada government says it is aiming to have a National Health Insurance Scheme fully up and running early next year.

Health Minister Nikolas Steele announced on Tuesday that a multi-sectorial task force is also being setup to implement the scheme.

An Advisory Committee headed by trade union leader and senator, Chester Humphrey, has also recommended the setting up of a secretariat to spearhead the process.

“The committee has also recommended a possible start date for a National Health Insurance and that is at the end of first quarter next year,” Minister Steele said.

“That is dependent on being able to find the appropriate sources of finance between now and then and the Progress that is made but the most optimistic date for them will be the end of first quarter”.

The Advisory committee, which began its work more than a year ago, has kicked off talks with the National Insurance Scheme, the body targeted to the run the National Health Insurance Scheme.

“The most significant action taken from the report is that dialogue has begun between the committee members and the National Insurance Scheme’s board of directors to explore the possibility as is recommended by the committee for the National Insurance Scheme to be the manager of the National Health Insurance,” the Health Minister said.

“It was felt that they have the skills set to manage a National Health Insurance Scheme,”the Health Minister said.




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