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NHF CLAIMS REACH $1.3 Billion, FOUR YEARS AFTER FIRST CLAIM WAS PAID

NHF CLAIMS REACH $1.3 Billion, FOUR YEARS AFTER FIRST CLAIM WAS PAID

Four years after the National Health Fund (NHF) processed its first claim for payment for the NHFCARD on August 14, 2003, the NHF has paid out over S1.295 billion to its participating pharmacies to cover subsidy payments for 1.9 million prescriptions. This amount represents a thirty-seven percent (37%) savings in the cost of the prescriptions to beneficiaries, who paid $2.242 billion from their own resources.

The number of claims per month has been increasing steadily in the four years from eighty (80) claims in August 2003 to 176,244 for the month of July 2007. The increase in claims reflects the consistent growth in enrollment for NHFCARD benefits which together with the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) reached over 310,000 beneficiaries at the end of July 2007.

This first claim was paid to Waltham Park Pharmacy one of the six pharmacies that had signed contracts at the outset to accept the NHFcard. Mrs. Maureen Hemmings, chief pharmacist at Waltham Park Pharmacy says ?NHF subsidies have cut the cost of prescriptions, in many instances there are drastic reductions in costs and this has assisted my clients to afford their prescriptions and helped them comply with taking their medication which is critical in the effective management of chronic illnesses.?

One important development arising from the establishment of the NHF she notes has been the increase in understanding among her clients of what a chronic illness is and how medications work to control them.

From the 6 pharmacies who signed contracts at the outset, the number of participating pharmacies has grown to over 378 provider locations, making it easy for NHFCARD beneficiaries to fill their prescriptions and receive the stated NHF subsidies from anywhere in the island.

Mr. Rae Barrett, CEO of the NHF says ?The NHF is meeting its Mission of reducing the burden of health care on the Jamaican People and has had a significant impact on the management of chronic diseases which are the leading causes of illness and death in the island.? He says ?As enrollment for NHF benefits continue to grow the health status of Jamaicans with chronic diseases will further improve thereby reducing the impact of these diseases on individuals, families and the country as a whole. He praised the hard working and dedicated staff members of the NHF for their commitment to the programme and for going beyond the call of duty to ensure its success.

The NHFCARD provides subsidies for 1,000 prescription items covering fifteen chronic diseases for any resident of Jamaica living with these diseases. JADEP card provides 80 prescription items free of charge for seniors sixty years and over who pay $40 to the participating pharmacist to dispense each month?s supply of the prescribed drug.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer (876)906-1106

Shermaine Robotham, Public Relations Agent (876)997-5442

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