Tuesday 25 February, 2020

PM: Gov’t looking to rationalize healthcare financing in Barbados

The government intends to appoint a Health Finance Commissioner to help determine an accurate cost of the provision of health services and care in the country.

The revelation from Prime Minister Mia Mottley who says Barbados finds itself in an unfortunate situation where the cost of has perhaps been one of the greatest escalating claims on the public purse in the last quarter of a century.

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“Successive governments have spoken to the need for us to appropriately address health financing. My own view is that it is one of the most important decisions that this government will make in its five year term and we have appointed a Health Finance Commissioner, to help is collate all of the data, the research that was done by previous governments that have sat idly in the Ministry, the continued conversation with both the private and public sector.

“We hope to be in a position after consultation with the social partnership next year on what is the appropriate form of health funding in this country.  As an interim measure, in the budget of 2018, I announced a measure that would see employees contribute,” she noted, adding that the revenue from the levy being collected through the National Insurance Scheme, worked out to approximately $46 million annually

Mottley also revealed that her administration was looking to address the deficit of much-needed equipment at the acute care facility, and had already held meetings with Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, Health and Wellness Minister Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic and the Chairman of the hospital’s board Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, to find funding.

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