Universal access to quality healthcare is critical for Jamaica. The goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Jamaica began in the 1960s with the gradual expansion of networks and the exploration of options for a social insurance system. This was formalized in the 1997 Green Paper on National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) and the 1999 attempt to implement NHIP. In total, more than seventeen different studies have highlighted the need for a National Health Insurance Plan to help further UHC in Jamaica. Despite these signiﬁcant policy changes, and increases in access to care, progress has been slow in terms of achieving real ﬁnancial protection for the population. In 2018, it was estimated that some 75% of Jamaicans are without health insurance.
In 2018 the Minister of Health convened a steering committee to provide recommendations on how a NHIP could be ﬁnanced and delivered. Their work is now done, and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), in partnership with the Ministry of Health, is staging a public forum with the aim of presenting its work to the public on Thursday, May 9, 6:00PM at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre – The Gold Room.
To discuss this critical issue, we are bringing together:
• Dr The Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health
• Dr Damien King, Chairman, NHIP Committee and Executive Director, CAPRI
• Mr. Christopher Zacca, CEO & President, Sagicor Group Jamaica
We look forward to your presence and participation in this important discussion. Ample parking is available, and as usual, our team will be ready to welcome you at the venue from 5:30PM, and refreshments will be provided.