Gov’t remains committed to healthcare, say PM

With approximately 40 per cent of Barbadians said to be footing their own healthcare bill, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is assuring residents that his administration has not abandoned plans to revamp the healthcare system so that every citizen could better benefit.

In fact, Stuart said the Ministry of Health is still working on a proposal to identify the best funding model, which would benefit everyone.

“The 2014 National Health Accounts study found that 40 per cent of Barbadians paid for healthcare through out-of-pocket arrangements. This is a serious finding and should not be ignored,” said Stuart.

“I have been assured that coming out of the consultations, the Ministry of Health is working on a full range of proposals for putting together a package of comprehensive healtcare services and the financing mechanisms that will benefit all,” he told the gathering at the official opening of the MD Alliance Surgery and Birthing Centre in Belleville, St Michael on Friday evening.


Executive Director of MD Alliance Hospital Inc. and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart officially opening the medical facility on Friday.

Minister of Health John Boyce later told Barbados TODAY that the proposal is still in its early stages of development, and therefore he was not in a position to say how soon a firm recommendation would be put forward.

However, Boyce explained that while a number of ideas have been put forward, the most likely funding method would include a national contributory scheme which would consist of government as well as employees and employers making a contribution.

Boyce insisted this was not a way for his administrtion to get Barbadians paying for healthcare services, which have been generally free at the point of delivery for decades.

“It has nothing to do with having anybody pay because in other words government’s commitment to healthcare remains so there is no question about changing that,” assured Boyce.

“As we go on and recognize that the cost of healthcare keeps rising we want to be able to reach as many people as may need health care. So we have to be constantly reviewing the services we offer – how can we reduce the cost of these services while still maintaining the kind of quality that people look for. So, that is the kind of financing that we are working on developing – obviously with government, with the private sector, with the insurance companies and with persons who actually pay. That is a process that is always occurring. So healthcare financing has always been very topical but even as we look at implementing a new option we still keep developing and improving the system we have,” he said.

“If you can improve the quality and efficiency of your service then the cost will automatically decrease matchingly. So, it is that kind of thing we are talking about,”Boyce added.

The new boutique healthcare facility in Belleville, which hires six full-time staff members and a number of sessionals, has two operating theatres and is licensed to house five patients.

Executive Director Dr Eltora Bennett said the new medical facility was six years in the making.

“We are a fully licensed hospital capable of keeping and managing patients – male and female, adult and child – overnight. We are available 24\7 . . . We have proven our ability to handle a wide range of cases – elective and planned, as well as emergencies, minor or major, minimal and invasive,” said Bennett.

Stuart commended Bennett and her staff and partners on the accomplishment, saying it complemented the current health service provisions, adding that he saw it as a partnership.

Stuart urged operators of the facility to seek international accreditation, always operate with care and uphold the standards of the Medical Council and the Nursing Council of Barbados.


24 Responses to Gov’t remains committed to healthcare, say PM

  1. jrsmith January 13, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Yeah , right , Mr Priminester, ten years from now as like the sewage system………

  2. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips January 13, 2018 at 11:20 am


  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore January 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    The one thing he has been committed to doing is destroying the country. One is left to think this way after he refused, against good advice, to deviate away from ruinous policies that were harming the nation.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Freundel committed to saying or doing nothing.

  5. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens January 13, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Why don’t he shut up and make his ministers do their jobs. We the people who pay them are crying out for that. And if a new Government is elected we expect the same from them.

  6. luther thorne January 13, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Ceremonial Prime Minister!

    Not an original idea ever came forth
    Not a creative bone in his body
    Donville Inniss for Prime Minister

  7. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 13, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I can’t believe what madness I am seeing here.

  8. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 13, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Hold up! This ain’t Easter is it?the Prime Minister has arising and its not the 3rd day

  9. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 13, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Well if they are committed they have a potential health care crisis on their hands. What’s up with that?

  10. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea January 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Committed to his not our stupse

  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 13, 2018 at 11:55 am


  12. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow January 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I beg to differ…because dis guvment making everyone sick..

  13. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith January 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    The PM made a very strong point in this picture.

  14. Jennifer January 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Dr Bennett we need some Dr’s/medical engineers to devise some medical equipment and organ friendly medicines for your people. Please!!! don’t you all only join the service selling and overprice bandwagon.

  15. Anthony Davis
    Anthony Davis January 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I guess they would have to be voted in again for those plans to come to fruition! In other words, we have the plans but we need to make up the Government for them to be implemented!

  16. Tony Webster January 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    @Luther Thorne: have to agree with your no.1, and no.2 For no.3, kindly change the gender….and the party. I’ve been around since voting in early 60’s….and this guy…defies comparison, or description!

  17. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm


  18. John Kellman
    John Kellman January 13, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    When is he leaving ……..

  19. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray January 13, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Were he looking to see where to rest his head, when he ring the bell. wrong place, mad house for you.

  20. Francine Russell
    Francine Russell January 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    How many more lies????!!!!

  21. Sunshine Sunny Shine January 14, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Stuuuupse. Just call the darn election so I do not have to see your pompersetting, screw pooch face ever again.

  22. Tony Webster January 14, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I just love Hon.Min. Boyce’s statement- all 125 words- beginning with ‘As we go on” , and ending with “system we have”. This would be an excellent, enlightening challenge for a third-form student to precis.
    My own effort yielded ” We have a chronic financial and policy problem, and as we cannot find a politically-acceptable solution, we shall just postpone the surgery indefinitely”. He might have usefully added…”or at least until safely past polling day”.

    Hmmm….yes…I refuse to do a precis on what the uthuh gentleman had to say- he said the very same thing, but used three-four different words….yet managed to take Top Spot last night on Ch-8. Surely another miracle- and one day closer to Polling Day.

  23. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 14, 2018 at 10:45 am


  24. Belfast January 15, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    We elect our politicians not on their track records as businessmen, entrepreneurs or successful professionals, but predominately on their gift of the gob. Persuasive squawkers. Kissers of the Blarney Stone. The ladies on Bush Hill hawks their ……….Politicians hawk their mouths. Prostitution in every sense.
    Why then are we surprised that after entering office all that they are able to offer us, and the country, is a whole lot of long talk?


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