A new study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) has estimated that the value of unpaid care and domestic work in Jamaica could be as much as $991 billion annually, or 45 per cent of gross domestic product.
From all accounts, after the abolition of user fees, patients poured into these facilities in search of treatment. It was reported in the first year after the fees were abolished that 16 per cent more patients were seen.
Many Jamaicans, when they hear the word “Diaspora,” immediately think of remittances. In reality, the contribution of Jamaican nationals abroad extends over a variety of fields. One area in which the impact has been significant is in healthcare. It becomes more apparent during current COVID-19 epidemic.
In a June 2021 report, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute included a 2014 study of 1,185 adolescents in Jamaica that “found that approximately 15 per cent displayed depression and anxiety symptoms.