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NHF INCREASES SUBSIDIES ON OVER 800 ITEMS ON ITS INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS LIST

NHF INCREASES SUBSIDIES ON OVER 800 ITEMS ON ITS INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS LIST

Effective May 2, 2011, the National Health Fund, NHF is increasing the subsidies on approximately 836 items on the NHF Individual Benefits List.

The list of items including pharmaceuticals and supplies has been revised to improve the average subsidy rates for active ingredients and supplies that are currently below 45% of the average retail price of these drugs and to bring their subsidies to this level. (Mr. Hugh Lawson, CEO, NHF says the increase in subsidies is expected to cost the NHF $300 million during the current financial year.

The list of revised drug subsidies has been posted to the NHF website to allow the general public including NHF Providers, health care professionals, and beneficiaries to view the revised list under Individual Benefits.

All residents of Jamaica regardless of age, income or health status, suffering from any of the fifteen chronic diseases covered by the NHF are eligible to enroll for benefits on the NHF card. There are approximately 268,000 Jamaican residents enrolled with the NHF.

The fifteen diseases covered by the NHF are: Arthritis, Asthma, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Enlarged Prostate, Major depression, Psychosis, Glaucoma, High cholesterol, Hypertension, Ischaemic heart disease, Rheumatic heart disease, Vascular disease.

For further information contact:
Rosemarie Lee, Tel. 906-1106
Shermaine Robotham, Tel. 322- 0809

 

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