JIS News

As of this month, the National Health Fund (NHF) will begin issuing health cards to registered seniors under the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) on reaching the age of 60.
More than 100 seniors so far are expected to benefit from this move by the NHF. Executive Director of the National Council for Senior Citizens, Beverly Taylor, told JIS News that this was a welcomed move calling it “timely”.
“We welcome anything for seniors,” she said, adding “anything or anyone that can make our seniors more healthy, more happy and active, we support them,” she added. September is being observed as Senior Citizens Month.
The NHF provides 72 types of drugs for 10 chronic ailments at no cost to registered JADEP members. A minimal fee of $40 is charged by pharmacies to dispense the drugs each month and with the use of JADEP cards seniors pay less for prescribed drugs covered by the NHF.
Mrs. Taylor said the seniors would receive the benefits whether they live in urban or rural Jamaica. “Through our network in all the parishes, working with all the groups, churches and individuals, seniors are constantly being registered. We get them to come and register with the councils programmes, so we are able to tell them of the various programmes and benefits,” she pointed out.
Approximately 110,000 thousand persons are presently enrolled in the JADEP. All Jamaican residents 60 years and older, who have been diagnosed with one or more ailments including hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, cardiac disease, arthritis, asthma, poor blood circulation or prostate problems are eligible to apply for membership under JADEP and receive benefits. There are more than 200 participating JADEP pharmacies across the island.