Government will host three town hall meetings to gauge public feedback on proposed plans for healthcare reform in the weeks ahead.

Health Minister Kim Wilson said government officials have engaged and continues to “encourage meaningful, constructive dialogue”, with healthcare providers, insurers, employees and patients.

“These reforms will affect us all and I need the input of everyone in the community to build solutions that work in our shared best interest, said Ms Wilson.

Talks so far have been “extremely interesting”, she added.

“I’m hearing a range of points of view and very important perspectives. This will help us build a better health system to make Bermuda healthier.”

The meetings will be held at 6:30pm on:

  • September 16 at St James Church Hall, Sandys
  • September 30 at St Paul AME Centennial Hall, Hamilton
  • October 10 at Pennos Wharf, St George’s

A consultation guide on the proposed reforms has also been released at www.gov.bm/healthplan.

A Ministry spokeswoman said the guide “provides a description of the Bermuda Health Plan 2020 proposals, the detailed data modelling assumptions in the ‘mock plan’, and information on how to respond to the consultation”.

The revised package on health insurance benefits, designed to cut out-of-pocket expenses was released last month.

The Bermuda Health Plan 2020 would replace the Standard Health Benefit coverage for all the island’s 65,000 residents. But detailed plans, including who will administer the scheme, remain unclear.

The Minister has stated that there will be a four-month consultation period and that more information would be released “over the coming weeks”.

 

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