Dominica suggests a regional health insurance scheme

 

Dominica is calling for the establishment of a regional health insurance scheme for citizens of the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The OECS groups the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, addressing the OECS summit said there are several issues affecting regional economies, namely the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases, “The OECS population provides the ideal constituency for the consideration of a regional health scheme. Too many citizens are finding it difficult to finance health care. We have seen people with vast bank accounts reduced to zero or even to loans to finance their healthcare.

The majority of the population cannot finance a health insurance programme and do not have the financial resources to finance their own health care. We have to find a way of bridging the gap with regard to our health and our health care financing. I am hoping that we can advance the discussions with regards to a regional health insurance programme. While Dominica is working on its own programme, it would benefit the beneficiaries much better if there was a larger pool.”

As few of these countries can afford a full range of healthcare and many people travel between them or elsewhere for treatment – putting together a multi country healthcare and insurance package is an excellent suggestion.

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