Insurance companies sponsor health survey

Several insurance companies have signed up to sponsor Healthy Nation 2012, the Cayman Islands’ first health risk factor survey.

The latest sponsor to come on board is BAF Insurance Cayman, which joins BritCay, Cayman First and CINICO as major sponsors, along with Fidelity, AON and Aetna.

The health risk factor survey is part of the Ministry of Health’s drive to address the rise in chronic diseases. It will gather specific information on health risks such as dietary and exercise habits and alcohol and tobacco usage.

“High quality health statistics are essential for planning and implementing health policy. As such, data on what causes non-communicable diseases are crucial for predicting the future burden these diseases in our population. It is also essential for identifying potential interventions to reduce the future burden.

“In fact, this is one of the most important initiatives that the Ministry of Health will undertake to improve health care and manage future health care costs in our country,” said Minister of Health Mark Scotland.

He added: “Our sponsors’ financial support has helped us to address one of the most critical challenges, namely budget … This level of assistance from the private sector certainly validates the importance of this survey even further.”

Healthy Nation 2012 began on Monday, 14 May when enumerators started visiting the first of 2,100 selected households.

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