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NHF ENROLMENT SURPASSES 250,000 BENEFICIARIES

NHF ENROLMENT SURPASSES 250,000 BENEFICIARIES

The National Health Fund (NHF) enrollment for Individual Benefits exceeded 250,000 beneficiaries in August 2006. The NHF provides two types of benefit cards – the NHFcard for all ages and the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly (JADEP) card for persons sixty years and older.

104,283 persons have enrolled for the NHFcard and 145,732 enrolled for the JADEP card for persons sixty years and older. Eighty-three percent (83%) or 86,762 NHF beneficiaries are in the age group 45-89 years. While for the JADEP card the majority of enrollment sixty-four percent (64%) or 93,232 are in the age group 60-74 years. Sixty-four percent (64%) of the beneficiaries are females. While only one percent (1%) or 1,462 of beneficiaries for the NHFcard are children

Chronic diseases are more prevalent in the older population and the number of elderly Jamaican residents has been increasing, hence the higher number of persons enrolled in the older age groups. Mr. Rae Barrett, CEO, NHF says ?The NHF has enrolled approximately ten percent of the population for the NHFcard while a half of the elderly population has been enrolled for the JADEP card.? In addition he says more persons are using these cards to help buy their medication and reduce the burden of their health care costs.

Enrollment for hypertension – 70,703 was the highest of the chronic diseases and this was followed by arthritis with an enrollment of 40,337 and then diabetes with an enrolment of 39,365.

The enrollment pattern of the parishes reflects, the population density, with the highest number of beneficiaries being enrolled in St. Catherine (46,020) followed by St. Andrew(43,454). Trelawny enrolled the smallest number of beneficiaries 5,993 persons.

Mr. Cecil White, Vice President of Operations at the NHF says the organization has implemented several strategies to inform the public of the benefits available from the NHF and to ensure an efficient enrollment process. ?In addition we have also secured contracts with more than ninety percent of private sector pharmacies across the island and this has ensured better access to filling prescriptions using NHF health cards.?

The NHF provides a subsidy for the purchase of nearly 900 prescription items to all Jamaicans regardless of age or economic status who are suffering from any of fifteen chronic diseases. These diseases are Arthritis, Asthma, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Enlarged Prostate, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Major depression, Psychosis, Glaucoma, High cholesterol, Hypertension, Ischaemic heart disease, Rheumatic heart disease, Vascular disease.

NHF also provides assistance with the purchase of diabetic supplies such as test strips and syringes. The JADEP health card provides 72 drugs free of cost for seniors with only a payment of $40 to the pharmacist to dispense each month?s supply of the drug.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer NHF, Tel: 906-1106

Shermaine Robotham, 756-1068, 997-5442

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