Providenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – The Bahamas Government in a move to close the gap between who has and does not have health insurance announced that is has come up with an initiative designed to take care of that 70% of the population without automatic care.
The National Health Insurance concept in the Bahamas saw legislation passed in the House of Assembly last week to support its start up this month.
The programme is dubbed, “NHI Bahamas” and according to official it will make health care throughout the archipelago modern, affordable, and accessible. Over this month that legislation will be released for public and stakeholder comments.
As the government aims to get a national health insurance plan established, there are promises to shore up the current health care system which from time to time comes under fire.
“Government continues Health System Strengthening (“HSS”) and has allocated $40 Million to upgrading facilities and systems. The HSS thrust is ongoing and includes extending clinic hours and opening more well equipped and staffed clinics throughout the country. HSS also includes plans for complete upgrade of the Princess Margaret Hospital and the Rand Memorial Hospital and opening mini hospitals in Islands such as Eleuthera and Exuma.”