Government will formally launch a pilot national health insurance scheme for single mothers in April 2017. The Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit made this announcement at a town hall meeting in Roseau Central last week.
“We have set aside $5M from the Citizenship by Investment Programme to finance that pilot health insurance scheme; for persons who do not have health insurance, that programme, once you are registered, will help cover your medical bills both here in Dominica and if you have to go overseas for medical care,” he said.
The Finance Minister said the idea behind this initiative is to determine how well it works with the intention of developing a national health insurance scheme.
The idea for a national health insurance scheme for single mothers was first announced by the Hon Prime Minister in his 2016/2017 national budget address last August. Prime Minister Skerrits informed then, “Mothers of children three years and under and all expectant mothers in Dominica would be eligible to register with the pilot health insurance service, to have up to 80 percent of all medical bills associated with the care of their unborn, newborn and infant, paid by the Service.”
Government is working with the Dominica Social Security to develop the system.