Saint Lucia is ‘one step closer’ towards the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI), Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced.
Writing on his official Facebook page, Chastanet explained that through NHI, the government aims to make healthcare more accessible to all segments of the population.
He disclosed that the first phase of the NHI system will include an essential package of Health services at the Primary care level geared at tackling non-communicable diseases.
“Too many Saint Lucians avoid going to see a doctor because they do not have the finances to do so,” the PM observed.
“We are attempting to make this a thing of the past by giving all Citizens access to healthcare when they need it without having to think about whether they have the money to pay to see a doctor, carry out tests or purchase medication,” he stated.
According to Chastanet, the development of National Health Insurance is a component of the Health System Strengthening Project, funded by the World Bank at a cost of US$5.5 Million