BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The government of St. Kitts and Nevis unveiled its universal health coverage initiative with the official launch of the National Health Insurance Commission at a ceremony held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Feb. 23.
As explained in an official brochure: the National Health Insurance (NHI) is a proposed national system of shared contributions and prepayment by all people for a package of health services to meet the health needs of the population. Contributions may be shared with employers, and in some cases, government will contribute on behalf of those unable to do so. The NHI fund will be managed by a government-appointed agency.
The agency will sign contracts with health service providers for the delivery of a package of benefits. As such, NHI members visiting a health service provider will only need to present a membership card and the associated bills will be sent directly to the NHI agency for payment. Any small co-payments are made by the patients directly to the health service provider.