#TurksandCaicos, May 25, 2018 – Providenciales – A four (4) member delegation from Doctors Hospitals in the Bahamas headed by President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Charles Diggiss visited the Turks & Caicos Island, May 14-15, 2018. The delegation held talks with the National Health Insurance Board, TCI Hospitals and Ministry of Health Officials.
The visit was welcomed by the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB), as Doctors Hospital is a major overseas healthcare provider under the Treatment Abroad Program managed by the NHIB.
The objective of the two (2) day visit was to explore opportunities for greater collaboration with the NHIB and the local healthcare sector. The Doctors Hospital team made a telemedicine presentation at TCI Hospitals which presents opportunities for enhanced clinical management and communication between TCI Hospitals and physicians at Doctors Hospitals.
The Premier, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in her remarks at courtesy call with the visiting delegation thanked the team from Doctors Hospital for the high-quality care and good patient experience that is delivered at their facility. Premier Robinson noted that “While we focus on strengthening local systems and programs in particular primary healthcare, we know for the foreseeable future, we will continue to rely on your services, the Government is very appreciative of the partnership and look forward to greater collaboration in the future”.
The Premier also highlighted the fact that the NHIB is looking critically at existing relationships, making considerations in relation to the increasing healthcare costs, and complexity of cases to ensure that there is sustainable financing to respond to the needs of beneficiaries.
For his part Honourable Edwin Astwood, Minister of Health highlighted that there was keen public interest in the Treatment Abroad Program and encouraged Doctors Hospitals to look at the areas that could provide greater value to NHIP beneficiaries. He highlighted that Doctors Hospital gets approximately 15 percent of overseas referrals at a cost of $2-3million per year.
Dr Diggiss expressed a commitment on behalf of the delegation to a further deepening of the partnership and to fostering mutually beneficial objectives. He highlighted that Doctors Hospital was looking to introduce new services in long term rehabilitation, paediatric care, and affordable accommodation options for family members etc. to complement existing services. These services are expected to come on stream before the end of 2018.
The visiting team included; Dr Charles Diggiss (President & CMO), Dr Michael Darville (Medical Director) Mr Charles Sealy (CEO) Mr Raymond Wright (IT Manager). The discussions and negotiations continue with the National Health Insurance Board on a range of issues.