To Fix Health Sector Woes, Gov’t Should Double GDP Spending on Health – MAJ

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The Medical Association of Jamaica says the current GDP spending on health care should be doubled to address several deficiencies plaguing the sector.

The recommendation was put forward in a report titled, Fixing the Public Health Sector a Medical Association of Jamaica Perspective, which was published in April.

The report underlines several key failings and recommendations to improve health services, chief among them is the need for greater funding.

President of the MAJ Shane Alexis says current GDP spending of 5 percent is not anywhere near inline with the 10 percent recommendation by international bodies.

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He says for long term financial sustainability the National Insurance Scheme could be expanded.

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