Further assessments are expected to be made before the National Health Insurance (NHI) is implemented — this situation was clearly mentioned in the NDP Manifesto.
The Manifesto is a blueprint of some of the things Government intends to achieve in this term. As it relates to NHI the document noted that Government intends to implement the National Health Insurance System after determining that the cost does not adversely impact users of the system. NHI is part of Government’s goal to ensure sustainable and affordable access to health services.
In an April update Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced that the NHI is expected to commence before the end of this year. During the NDP radio program that was aired on 20 April, Minister Skelton stated that background work is being done on the NHI that won’t come on stream until September.
Minister Skelton stated that background work is being done on the NHI that won’t come on stream until September.
In an update on the NHI that was provided in the House of Assembly on 12 February, Hon. Skelton mentioned 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.