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#BudgetDebate2019: NHF to cover lupus disease

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness this afternoon announced that the National Health Fund (NHF) will now offer coverage for patients affected by the autoimmune disease lupus.

Holness who is making his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget Debate says the coverage will be to the tune of $340 million annually.

“This is expected to reduce the impact of this life-threatening disease and improve patients' quality of life, through improved access to medication,” Holness said.

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs.

Jamaica is said to be one of the countries that accounts for the highest rates of lupus worldwide.


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