The Government’s health care reform campaign formally kicked off Friday, 8 April, with Minister for Health Services Gilbert McLean, Governor Bruce Dinwiddy and other officials on hand for the opening ceremony.
The public was invited to attend, with staff from several related organisations available to answer questions.
In his opening remarks, Minster McLean stressed that the key to health care reform is access.
‘Access to affordable health insurance; access to protection under various laws; access to modern, technologically advanced health care services; access to registered medical practitioners and licensed health care facilities; and, most importantly, access to a better quality of life, health and personal well-being,’ he said.
Mr. McLean explained the mission of the ministry’s public relations committee is to provide residents of the Cayman Islands ‘with relevant information so that you are aware of the importance of access to health care, understand your rights and obligations and appreciate the benefits of health care reform.’
Representatives from the Health Services Authority, the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company, the Health Insurance Commission and the Ministry of Health Services staffed information booths.
In addition to offering advice on the registration process for the hospital and clinics, the HSA also had staff available to measure body mass index, blood pressure and blood sugar.
At the HIC booth, staff was there to answer queries about problems with insurance coverage, according to Gary Carroll, health insurance inspector with the commission.
‘Today we are letting people know if they have a problem or need assistance, they can approach us to help them navigate the health insurance system,’ he said.
Through the commission, people can lodge insurance-related complaints. Since January, the commission has investigated 429 insurance cases and resolved 92 percent, mostly through gaining compliance with laws and regulations.
CINICO’s mandate is to administer the national health insurance scheme. Ron Sulisz, President and CEO of CINICO, elaborated on this role.
‘CINICO is there to make sure everyone can have access to health insurance. Those people who fit into our categories are covered,’ he said.
The company now insures about 11,000 people.