In Bermuda, we all have a bad habit of not paying close attention to changes when we don’t think they will have an impact on us. Healthcare, and the cost of healthcare, affects all of us – and needs to be a focus for all of us.
The Government is proposing to change the system so that there will be one provider for the new basic plan – which will be forced upon us.
In Bermuda we have one company that controls our electricity known as BELCO and soon we could have HELCO as the provider of the new basic plan. But think of what control we have over increase in the cost of electricity and what impact a smaller population is having on the cost of power in Bermuda.
HELCO will have similar issues.
The numbers that are being used to determine the cost per person for the new system are based on the
full population of the Island now – the problem is that we are seeing an exodus of people.
Young Bermudians, overseas for education, are increasingly choosing not to return home, our people
who are struggling to survive in our economy are choosing to head to the UK and we have the potential
for more expats to leave due to immigration policies.
What impact will this have on the HELCO figures?
When HELCO needs to increase the rates to cover any losses will this come from taxes? Everyone must be aware – and agree – that the cost of healthcare is too high in Bermuda, but does Government’s enforced basic plan fix the problem or simply move pieces around the board?
If you are uninsured because you are unemployed or can’t afford HIP how will you be able to afford the new $514? This group would still have to be subsidized or covered completely by HELCO without making any payments. It seems the insurance companies have already o!ered a plan to cover these vulnerable members of our population. Why is their solution being ignored?
In order to get the price of $514, we will have to accept the level of coverage imposed on us. But what
about the physiotherapy, occupational therapy and many other important health providers in this new
system? Many of these services will not be covered even though their services are extremely important
to recovery and getting patients back to normal as soon as possible.
Under the new system will these be added or left out? How do we pay for all the extras that are left
out? We will have to pay for increased coverage, that’s how. This will increase the divide between the
two Bermuda’s, the two Bermudas the PLP promised to unite.