Health City Cayman Islands - St Maarten deal

 

Patients from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten will go to Grand Cayman on weekly charter flights for medical treatment at Health City Cayman Islands.

The direct flights, using Cayman Airways, follows an agreement between Health City and SZV Social and Health Insurances, the government-owned national health insurer in St. Maarten.

The first direct charter flights will continue for an initial period of six weeks, with 20 people on board each flight. Once the schedule is completed, flights will continue on an as-needed basis.

The agreement with SZV adds to an increasing number of agreements signed by Health City Cayman Islands, regional governments and insurance providers to become a service provider of choice for specialist care.

Health City has a number of other agreements in Caribbean and Latin American markets, as well as agreements with self-insured companies in the USA.

It treated patients from 60 countries in 2016. Three years after opening in April 2014 it has in total treated 25,000 outpatients and under 3000 inpatients from the Caymans and elsewhere. The figures are way below original targets of many thousands of inpatients a year. Although it has many deals, many of these are for very small numbers of patients.

Local health insurer Bahamas First has no intention of entering the Bahamas health insurance market, but will work with Bahamian health insurers and service providers to promote BFH Services (Cayman) agreement with Health City Cayman Islands. It will use the deal to offer insurance in other islands in the Caribbean.

BFH Services will promote HCCI and the Cayman Islands as an alternative destination for Bahamians seeking medical care abroad. An agency agreement with HCCI led to the creation of BFH Services (Cayman) that has the exclusive right to refer patients to HCCI from the Bahamian market.

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