The National Health Insurance (NHI) is expected to commence before the end of this year, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced on Monday night.
During the NDP radio program that was aired on April 20, Minister Skelton stated that background work is being done on the NHI that won't come on stream until September.
In an update on the NHI that was provided in the House of Assembly on February 12, Hon. Skelton said that the introduction of the National Health Insurance System will ensure that all residents will have equal access to quality healthcare regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay.
The Minister for Health stated: “While we work to make the National Health Insurance System a reality, the Health Services Authority has put measures in place to assist persons who do not have insurance. For the uninsured with an income, the Authority will create the most affordable payment plans.”
“As has been said many times before, no one in this Territory will be denied access to needed healthcare…The Government will continue to subsidize uninsured seniors 65 years and over, persons in custody of the State, dependent children of residents, as well as persons of insufficient means,” Hon. Skelton reminded.
In December, the Minister while speaking at the opening of the new Peebles Hospital told residents: “The NHI will provide improved access to health services, financial risk protection, and improved health outcomes for all the people of the Virgin Islands."
- Source: BVIHotpress.com