|Government seeks input on health care system|
|Friday, 21 October 2011 10:49|
The Turks and Caicos Islands interim government has announced that the present health care system is no longer affordable and must be changed. he government is seeking public comment on the following questions until Oct. 31:
1. Should the government aim to renegotiate the contract with InterHealth Canada Ltd.?
2. Should the present National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) financial imbalance be addressed by increasing contribution rates, or reducing benefits, or both?
3. Should NHIP contributors with dependants pay higher contributions than those without dependants, if they can afford to?
4. Should co-payments on pharmaceuticals, dental and optical care be increased for those that can afford them?
5. Should co-payments be introduced for all health care treatments, except for those that cannot afford them?
6. Should a minimum residency period apply to membership of the NHIP and new immigrants would only receive the minimum benefits required under international conventions?
7. Should NHIP benefits be restricted to urgent treatments only?
8. Should medical practitioners be expected to take their share of reducing health care costs?
CEO Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service
The cut-off date for comments is Oct 31.
The details of the government’s assessment of health care in the country can be found in an 11-page Public Statement on the Health Care Funding Challenge on the government website at www.gov.tc.
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