The government has contracted a us firm to complete the process for the implementation of the national health insurance (NHI) at a cost varying between $800, 000 and $1.5 million US dollars.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said the contract took effect on October 29th and it builds on the work already started by the University the West Indies and other stakeholders.
A private healthcare company, Joint Independent Provider Association (JIPA) Network which is headed by Grenadian-born and USA-trained neurologist, Dr. Kester Nedd, has been contracted to complete the process of implementing the national health insurance – NHI.
Grenada received just around six hundred and fifty three thousand dollars from the United Nations Development Program to establish the secretariat of the NHI and to undertake initial preparatory work.
According to a release issued by the government of Grenada, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said this latest development is a game changer for the healthcare system, given the many challenges faced by that sector.
Dr. Nedd believes that JIPA’s plan for the NHI will promote better upward mobility for healthcare practitioners, which will, in turn, enable the Government to retain its much-needed, highly trained doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.
The decision by government to introduce a National Health Insurance plan is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.