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Cabinet has given its approval for the National Health Services Fee Regulations (1999) to be amended. Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan made the disclosure at yesterday’s (May 21) post-Cabinet press briefing, which was held at Jamaica House.
He pointed out that the amendment was in keeping with Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller’s announcement in her budget presentation, that all hospitals fees for persons up to 18 years old would be abolished on May 28.
“The amended regulations will provide for fees for children from birth to 18 years old charged in hospitals, with the exception of the University Hospital of the West Indies, to be abolished in terms of registration, pharmacy, x-ray, laboratory, operations and surgeries among other services,” the Information Minster elaborated. “This will pave the way for our children below the age of 18 who are registered under the public health service institutions to receive these free medical services.
We regard this as a very significant development in terms of ensuring that there is the requisite medical care for all our children irrespective of all their financial circumstances,” Mr. Buchanan stated.

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