Management of the National Health Insurance (NHI) is seeking to expand their network of healthcare providers.
The Social Security Board (SSB), which has responsibility for the NHI, are reportedly adding providers from the Spanish-speaking nation of the Dominican Republic.
SSB Director Antoinette Skelton gave that indication when she appeared before the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee this year.
Skelton told the Committee the NHI “visited six [healthcare] facilities in the Dominican Republic and they were in the process of negotiating agreements with them”.
She said NHI’s Manager of Health Benefits & Referrals, Dr Harland Vanterpool visited the Spanish-speaking country following last year’s hurricanes.
Back in 2017, the NHI had terminated its overseas healthcare agreement with a company known as JIPA, and signed agreements with Coomeva in Columbia, as well as United Health and HEMA in Puerto Rico.
The NHI’s agreement with United Health allows residents access to healthcare providers throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
Some 36,057 persons were registered with NHI at the end of 2017.
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