"It will haunt our collective conscience to know that many of our people suffered and died because of their inability to access care timely and pay for the healthcare that they need," said Hon. Ronnie Skelton, Minister of Health and Social Development.
He was speaking today during the debate of the Social Security Amendment Act of 2013 which will facilitate the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) system.
Minister Skelton expressed that majority of residents understand the purpose of NHI and they also appreciate that it is to healthcare what social security is to their retirement.
The Health Minister believes that residents will no longer have to depend on politicians for money to help with their medical needs.
"They will no longer will they be at the mercy of their elected representatives or the Government to give them a few thousand dollars here and a few thousand dollars there to assist them with providing a quality healthcare to improve the quality of their lives or save their life," he told the House.
The bill is to introduce a National Health Insurance system for persons who are legally resident in the Territory. According to the bill, through the legislation, all eligible persons shall have equal access to quality healthcare at a cost that is not prohibitive.
- Published in Health