SAN JUAN – The Jamaican Health Ministry is preparing a 10-year plan to provide universal access to health care and reorganize the delivery of health services.
The plan includes decentralization of the health management structure to facilitate decision-making at the local level, Health Minister Fenton Ferguson said Friday in a statement.
Ferguson said the 2015/2016 budget allocates 8 billion Jamaican dollars ($69 million) for health and envisions the creation of more “mini-hospitals” modeled on the success of four pilot primary-care centers.
The minister said implementation of the no-user-fees policy will also be another important measure to remove a barrier to health care access for the island’s 2.7 million inhabitants.
Jamaica’s path may follow that of the Bahamas, which announced last November that its National Health Insurance system is expected to become operational in 2016, guaranteeing the entire population access to medical services at low cost.