October 23, 2019

The Editor Speaks: “Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere”. When will the waiting end?

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The slogan “Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere” is the theme for World Health Day on Saturday 7th April. The campaign calls on representatives of governments, academia and civil society to stimulate dialogue on policies that can help achieve health for all by 2030. In the Americas, three in ten people do not have access to health […]

The Editor Speaks: It is no surprise private sector pension and health insurers are failing Cayman and so is CINICO

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In the Legislative Assembly last Tuesday (14) the Finance Committee were discussing the thorny subject of insurance – pensions and especially health. With the burden of the uninsured Cayman Islands citizens falling on government to address when they reach retirement age the current system cannot be allowed to continue. These are not entirely my words, […]

Cayman Islands Budget Policy Statement

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From Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA Mr. Speaker, as we meet today in this Honourable House I cannot help but be a bit nostalgic. Today we are making history with the Cayman Islands’ first two-year budget and this new Government of National Unity’s first budget. And H.E. the Governor Helen Marjorie Kilpatrick, CB, […]

The Editor Speaks: Government has a healthy plan

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I hope they do because the healthcare in this country, especially for the poor and the elderly is very ill. North Side MLA Ezzard Miller filed a Private Members Motion in the LA to have a six member panel to be made up of four government members and two opposition members to join forces and […]

Cayman Islands Premier sets out 2018 Strategic Policy Statement in Legislative Assembly

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From Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA 23 August, 2017 Mr. Speaker, this Motion seeks the approval of this Honourable Legislative Assembly for the Government’s 2018-19 Strategic Policy Statement, which the Minister of Finance and Economic Development has just tabled. I would like to congratulate him for his excellent introduction to his first Strategic […]

CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Healthcare & Environment

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From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE The current system of accessing healthcare and health insurance needs reform. Private sector insurance providers too often treat our older persons and those with long term conditions unfairly, either charging them unaffordable premiums or denying them coverage all together. These vulnerable members of our community […]

The Editor Speaks: Old but not disabled

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I have now had time to peruse and digest the 65 page Cayman Islands Older Persons Policy 2016-2035 and whilst applauding the authors it actually has as many teeth as my late mother had when she took them out at night and placed them in a cup of water. There is plenty of vision but […]

The Editor Speaks: Old persons

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I am one of the old people that one of our media houses has dubbed us “old folks”. To whoever came up with dubbing us “folks” probably thinks that makes us feel younger. We are folk not persons. Sorry it makes no difference. We are persons no matter what you want to re classify us […]

The Editor Speaks: HSA to go after insurance companies

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It is a difficult dilemma to solve when you have $90M of bad debt and the vast majority of it is uncollectable. This is the problem the Cayman Islands Health Authority has and realistically only $10M of it is collectable. The Public Accounts Committee last Wednesday (7) was quizzing Health Services Authority (HSA) CEO Lizzette […]

Cayman Islands LA: Premier’s proposed amendment to Health Insurance Regulations

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Health Insurance Regulations (2013 Revision) By Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA April 2016 Madam Speaker, I would like to move the proposed amendments to the Health Insurance Regulations. As is outlined in the motion, section 25(2) of the Health Insurance Law (2013 Revision) provides that regulations made under the Law are subject to […]