BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The National Commission for Universal Healthcare begins an extensive public consultation campaign on Monday Nov. 12, offering an opportunity for all citizens and residents to have a say in customizing their future medical protection.
The main public interaction is to take place during town hall meetings. During the meetings, members of the National Commission and technical experts will present details about the Green Paper for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Universal Health Insurance Coverage Plan and outline proposed details for financing options, collection of data and proposed benefit packages.
The first town hall meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Kitts at the Old Boys School on the Corner of Seaton Street and Victoria Road.
Chair of the National Commission, Azilla Clarke, encourages the general public to come to the meetings and participate fully. Attendee’s opinions and input will ensure that when the blueprint is presented to the Cabinet in December it will have a clear and definitive reflection of the will of the people.
“We expect earnest and honest discussions to be aware of the fears and expectations in an effort to design a system that is sustainable for our local context so as to keep the population healthy,” Ms. Clarke noted.
After the Nov. 11 session on Monday, the next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Road Community Centre. Meetings are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday until Dec. 10.
The town hall meeting schedule for St. Kitts is posted online in the notices section of sknis.kn. It can also be accessed via https://www.facebook.com/SKNNCUHC/. The town hall schedule for Nevis is still being finalized and will be published soon.
Ms. Clarke said that other opportunities for public engagement will be facilitated through direct presentations with any and all interested groups and through the Commission’s Facebook page.
“The use of social media allows direct contact with the widest populations possible,” she said.