National Health Fund celebrates 10 years
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Health Fund (NHF) is marking its 10th year with a banquet scheduled for January 28 at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson is earmarked as the keynote speaker at the banquet which will honour staff members and others who have served the agency over the 10-year period.
The NHF was established to provide financial support to Jamaica’s healthcare system through two categories of benefits - Individual Benefits where assistance is given to people to purchase specific prescription drugs used in the treatment and management of designated chronic illnesses; and Institutional Benefits, to provide funding for private and public sector projects that support primary health care with an emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention.
The NHF officially started operations on April 28, 2003 with the registration of people applying for NHF Individual Benefits.
Primary revenue sources for the NHF are a hefty tax on cigarettes, and a percentage of annual earnings paid by employee and employer collected through the National Insurance scheme (NIS).