A Healthy Blog

Massachusetts health care — wonky, with a healthy dose of reality

Come to Jamaica and Feel Alright

Come to Jamaica and Feel Alright

April 3, 2008

From the Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica says it has successfully launched free health care for all adults in public hospitals across the Caribbean country, making good on an election promise by Prime Minister Bruce Golding. Health Minister Rudyard Spencer said Wednesday the abolition of user fees at hospitals was going smoothly this week, with patients forming orderly lines while waiting to be seen by health care staff. Hospital fees for adults were abolished Tuesday.

The government last May extended free public health services to all Jamaican children. A proposed 2008 budget calls for a total health care outlay of some US$389 million (euro249 million) -- making it the second largest item after national security.