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NHIB & Interhealth Canada Respond To Death of Preemie Baby

Turks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – The National Health Insurance Board has issued a statement following the death of a premature baby born at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center on Sunday morning.
The baby boy, named Konnor Smith, attracted national attention as his condition after being born 2-3 months early again raised questions about coverage under the National Health Insurance Plan. The baby passed away on Monday, June 5.

In a press release, The NHIB said “ The National Health Insurance Board is profoundly saddened at the news of the passing of Baby Konnor Smith. We empathise with the parents, family and care team of Baby Smith and the pain of loss that they are experiencing at this time.

We are aware that there has been a lot of misinformation, innuendo and fallacies in the public domain about the level of assistance that was offered to the family regarding the care of Baby Smith.

We wish to reiterate that the NHIB acted collaboratively with TCI Hospitals, The Ministry of Health and the parents of Baby Konnor Smith within the established policies and norms of the Treatment Abroad Program. We continue to uphold the highest standards of ethical practice which precludes us from publicly discussing or disclosing confidential information about the assistance offered or provided to our beneficiaries.

We wish to reassure the public of our commitment to managing the Treatment Abroad Program within the existing policies and procedures that have been established for the benefit of all our beneficiaries. The unexpected nature of Baby Smith’s death is particularly poignant and we extend our deepest condolences to the Smith Family. Our prayers and best wishes are with them during this time of bereavement.”

Interhealth Canada- TCI Hospital has also responded to the tragedy, saying “The Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital is committed to excellence in service in accordance with evidenced based guidelines. Our heartfelt condolences is extended to the family on what is a challenging time. We are unable to provide further information due to respect for the parents and family and in accordance with patient confidentiality policies.”

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