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Understanding NHI Bahamas

The Need

The Bahamas needs National Health Insurance to improve access and affordability of quality health care for our people. Currently, approximately 70% of Bahamians do not have health insurance, meaning they may have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. With the average Bahamian household paying approximately $2,300 per year out of pocket for health care, this is something many people simply cannot afford.

Not being able to afford health care can result in illness and even death, and severe illness can be prevented often with a simple visit to the doctor. We must improve access and affordability of quality health care for our people to ensure health care for all.

Modernizing our current health care system is essential to improving the health of our population.

 

THE VALUES

NHI Bahamas is rooted in the principle of shared responsibility.

THE ROADMAP

NHI Bahamas launched in 2017 and follows a phased approach to rollout. This approach ensures the government’s ability to pay for it sustainably.