Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has concluded a meeting with with the National Health Insurance Committee and consultants from the World Bank.
Wednesday night’s meeting came amid continued work on the implementation of a National Health Insurance Programme, Chastanet stated on his official Facebook page.
He noted that the programme forms part of the Health System Strengthening Project.
“The Heath System Strengthening project will roll-out a package of health services, introduce financial incentives to improve service delivery, as well as upgrade health infrastructure and scale up preparedness and response for public health emergencies,” the Saint Lucia PM observed.
“It also aims to ensure that at least Saint Lucians, especially the poor and vulnerable are registered to the National Health Scheme by the end of the project. It also aims to ensure that at least 60 percent of diabetic and hypertensive patients over 18 years old are treated according to national protocols in public primary health care facilities,” Chastanet stated.
He observed that in addition, 33 primary health care centers will be equipped to serve as the first point of detection for selected infectious diseases and hence reduce the pressure on our hospitals.
The project is financed by a US$ 20 Million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) with a final maturity of 40 years and a 10-year grace period, Chastanet wrote.