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St. Maarten to introduce National Health Insurance in phases

TUESDAY, 01 OCTOBER 2013

PHILIPSBURG–The Public Health Department is still working on the National Health Insurance (NHI), which will be introduced in phases, once finalized.

Head of Public Health Fenna Arnell said the department is still in the process of assessing the feasibility of the implementation of the NHI, as well as issues such as when it should be implemented and ensuring that all the conditions to ensure that the NHI is carried out smoothly are in place.

“Everyone sees NHI as an insurance, but NHI is actually a health reform; not only will it lead to health care becoming more accessible and affordable, but it is about ensuring that we have a proper health information system; about ensuring that we have proper quality indicators in place for health care providers to ensure that when you give service it will be of a particular quality, so that our health care cost will ultimately drop,” Arnell said. “It will also ensure that persons will always have access to health care and that barriers will no longer be able to play a role.”

The Public Health Head said the Department is currently in the process of assessing the general health information system, which will be part of the NHI.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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