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Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

| 17/01/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee member Chris Saunders (Bodden Town West) articulated the frustrations of PAC and the community when he expressed concern that the health ministry had failed to respond to shocking figures revealed more than three years ago that the local insurance companies made a collective profit of more than $51 million in 2015 […]

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NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

| 17/01/2019 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Needs Assessment Unit, Tamara Hurlston, told the Public Accounts Committee that her team had noticed a trend of increasing numbers of elderly people coming to them for help, especially indigent medical support, as meagre private sector pensions fail to stretch to the costs of health insurance.

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How private is genetic information?

How private is genetic information?

| 22/11/2018 | 2 Comments

Are there any laws or policies that protect personal genetic information from being released to health insurance companies in the Cayman Islands? I’ve been talking to a friend who is wary of being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that cause increased risk of certain cancers. Their doctor does not know whether if someone signs […]

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Free healthcare for kids under discussion

Free healthcare for kids under discussion

| 19/11/2018 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Health Minister Dwayne Seymour is still trying to find a way for government to provide access to free healthcare for all children. Although he has given no details about how he plans to accomplish the goal, Seymour told the Legislative Assembly on Friday that he has begun discussions with the relevant authorities and stakeholders […]

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CINICO faces review as CIG pours in cash

CINICO faces review as CIG pours in cash

| 15/11/2018 | 30 Comments

(CNS): The finance minister has said the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (CINICO) is undergoing a review to see if it is fit for purpose. Roy McTaggart told his colleagues in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that the government-owned insurance company was under strategic analysis to arrive at some recommendations for government about its future.

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Insurance companies take away drug choices

Insurance companies take away drug choices

| 28/09/2018 | 0 Comments

How can a doctor prescribe a medication to treat a chronic illness and an insurer then decide they know better than the doctor and choose not to cover it? What is even more infuriating is the Big Pharma alternative is three times more expensive than cannabis oil and has so many side effects yet they […]

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$6M more voted for healthcare costs

$6M more voted for healthcare costs

| 19/09/2018 | 73 Comments

(CNS): The opposition member for Bodden Town West, Chris Saunders, urged the health minister to consider a national health insurance plan for the Cayman Islands, after Finance Committee voted last week to give the ministry another $6.5 million to cover indigent healthcare costs for the remainder of this year. Saunders said that the current situation […]

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Health minister gets $8M to cover budget gap

Health minister gets $8M to cover budget gap

| 03/07/2018 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Finance Committee has approved millions of additional dollars for the health minister after he revealed that the budget for overseas tertiary healthcare for Cayman Islands people who are indigent as well as elderly seamen and veterans had already overrun its budget allocation at the financial year half-way mark. Committee members voted for the extra $8 million […]

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PAC queries health insurance sector profits

PAC queries health insurance sector profits

| 03/05/2018 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The private health insurance sector in the Cayman Islands made profits of well over CI$50 million in 2016 while many people here struggle to access insurance, can barely afford it or are inadequately covered, which was a key item on the Public Accounts Committee agenda Wednesday, when the health insurance commissioner appeared as a […]

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Health is a human right, says minister

Health is a human right, says minister

| 05/04/2018 | 81 Comments

(CNS): Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has said that “health is a human right and nobody should have to choose between good health and other life necessities”. In a statement to mark World Health Day, the minister said that everybody in Cayman should have access to the best healthcare available. “Neither should anyone face financial hardships to […]

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CIG proposing health insurance plan for over 65s

CIG proposing health insurance plan for over 65s

| 20/03/2018 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The government is embarking on a public consultation on the idea of a Standard Health Insurance Contract for seniors in the Cayman Islands aged 65 and older. The Health Insurance Commission (HIC) and Department of Health Regulatory Services (DHRS) have created a survey seeking opinions on how Cayman can best meet the unique healthcare needs […]

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