NHI Authority holds successful community, stakeholder meetings in GB

On November 5 and 6, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Authority visited Grand Bahama and had successful meetings with local residents in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock and representatives of the business community during which they engaged in meaningful dialogue on the proposed plan for NHI Bahamas.

As part of the 45-day consultation period, community meetings and stakeholder consultations will continue until December 6, 2018.

“NHI Bahamas is changing to improve health outcomes for our country. I was pleased to see the level of interest from Grand Bahamians who came out to the community meetings and provided feedback on the way forward for NHI. It is important that Bahamians make their voice heard and contribute to the debate on the implementation of this program as we move towards universal healthcare in The Bahamas,” said Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the NHIA Board.

“I was also encouraged by the productive discussions that were held with members of the business community and the support for the program that was voiced by the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. It is integral that the NHIA collaborates with the private sector to ensure the successful and sustainable implementation of NHI Bahamas, which will lead to a healthier and more productive workforce.”

On November 15, the NHIA will travel to Exuma to meet with local residents and stakeholders as consultations for NHI Bahamas continue. Exuma residents are encouraged to attend the community meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the LN Coakley High School, Moss Town

Consultations will continue throughout November and December with upcoming visits planned for Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Long Island and New Providence to hear from more Bahamians and stakeholder groups on NHI Bahamas.

Stakeholders and members of the public can also review the policy paper online and submit their feedback through the online consultation survey.

Based on the feedback collected during the consultation period, the NHIA will then present recommendations to the Government of The Bahamas on the way forward for NHI Bahamas.

For more information on NHI Bahamas, visit www.nhibahamas.gov.bs.

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