Health Minister Confirms Healthcare Access To All

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Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced that as the National Health Insurance system (NHI) takes shape interim steps are being taken to assist the uninsured.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on February 12, Hon. Skelton said that the introduction of the National Health Insurance system will ensure that all residents will have equal access to quality healthcare regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay.

The Minister for Health stated: “While we work to make the National Health Insurance system a reality, the Health Services Authority has put measures in place to assist persons who do not have insurance. For the uninsured with an income, the Authority will create the most affordable payment plans.”

“As has been said many times before, no one in this Territory will be denied access to needed healthcare…The Government will continue to subsidize uninsured seniors 65 years and over, persons in custody of the State, dependent children of residents, as well as persons of insufficient means,” Hon. Skelton reminded.

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