Cabinet approves National Health Scheme, says Marcella Liburd

Liburd, a guest on Good Morning St. Kitts and Nevis, announced to listening audiences around the Federation that the scheme would first focus on those who acquire social assistance from the Government. 

“We already have that list of persons. And a lot of them are the ones who we (Government) sponsor in respect to health issues. These (persons) would be the first set, and then we would focus on minimum wage earners,” Liburd said.

The minister further noted that because persons would be selected based on prioritization, the next group of people who would benefit from the scheme would be unemployed persons and those who cannot afford health insurance.

“We are also targeting sport groups, this is very important to us because we recognise, and as a sports person myself, that sometimes you play and get injured, and you have no insurance,” Liburd said.

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, during one of several “conversations for progress” meetings in October 2014, told the country that he would give full support to his government’s policy of preventing illness, attaining and maintaining a state of wellness.

“The healthcare centers that we have constructed throughout our Federation, the training that we have provided for our healthcare practitioners, our investment in a range of advanced equipment that were designed to enhance our hospital staff in making accurate diagnoses and prescribing appropriate courses of action, all speak to our understanding of the interplay between a healthy population and a productive society,” said Douglas.

On that occasion, the prime minister explained that the scheme would cover police officers, nurses, firemen, customs and immigration officers, sanitation workers, air traffic controllers and other government employees, and would be implemented in phases.

“The group whose coverage is now being worked on now is comprised of those individuals in our community who are currently on public assistance. And we shall continue incorporating various groups within our society until the entire Federation is covered,” Douglas explained.


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