BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The National Commission for Universal Health Care in St. Kitts and Nevis began its series of Town Hall Consultations in Nevis on Nov. 20 in what officials described as an excellent start.
More than 30 persons, including Premier of Nevis, the Honourable Mark Brantley, attended the first meeting at the Bath Village Basketball Court. Commission members presented details about the Green Paper and discussed plan basics in an interactive question and answer segment.
Participants asked a variety of questions including,
“Who will be covered by the national health insurance?
Is there an option to keep private insurance?
How will the National Health Insurance (NHI) be paid for? and
Which agency will manage the insurance programme?”
Health Promotion Unit in Nevis Communications Officer Shelagh James has assisted to coordinate NHI-related activities on the sister isle. She said the committee is extremely pleased with the turnout. Inclement weather in Nevis caused organizers to worry only a few people would attend but their concerns were unfounded.
Ms. James cited the participation of Premier Brantley as demonstrating ‘the government cares” and is committed to seeing increases in the accessibility and quality of health service in Nevis.