Public Engagement on St. Kitts-Nevis’ Universal Health Insurance Plan Begins on Monday

SKNIS:  

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 08, 2018 (SKNIS): The National Commission for Universal Healthcare begins an extensive public consultation campaign on Monday, November 12, 2018, offering an opportunity to all citizens and residents to have a say in customizing their future medical protection.

The main public interaction is to take place during town hall meetings. The first in St. Kitts is on Monday at the Old Boys School on the Corner of Seaton Street and Victoria Road. It begins at 7 pm. Members of the National Commission and technical experts will present on the Green Paper for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Universal Health Insurance Coverage Plan and outline proposed details for financing options, collection of data, and proposed benefit packages for the country.

Chair of the National Commission, Azilla Clarke, encourages the general public to come out and participate fully in the meetings to ensure that the blueprint, which will be presented in December to the Cabinet, is a clear and definitive reflection of the will of the people.

“We expect earnest and honest discussions to be aware of the fears and expectations in an effort to design a system that is sustainable for our local context so as to keep the population healthy,” Ms. Clarke noted.

Following Monday’s session, the next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at the Old Road Community Centre at 7 pm. Meetings are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday up to December 10, 2018. The town hall schedule is posted online in the notices section of sknis.kn. It can also be accessed via https://www.facebook.com/SKNNCUHC/. The town hall schedule for Nevis is still being finalized and will be published shortly.

Ms. Clarke said that other opportunities for public engagement will be facilitated through direct presentations with any and all interested groups and through the Commission’s Facebook page.

“The use of social media allows for direct contact with the widest populations possible,” she said.