Saturday, 29 December 2018

NEWS FEED: New National Health Insurance Plan in the works + Sandals, Beaches voted best in the world + Elaine Grant-Bryan appointed Consul-General to Atlanta

A HEALTHIER NATION: According to Health minister, Dr. Chris Tufton, about 20 percent of the Jamaican population has private insurance, and about 12 percent of that amount are government workers. He says the new National Health Insurance Plan being drafted will widen the scope. “It is an attempt at a more holistic approach to ensuring universal access to health care. The insurance that is being envisioned will enhance some of the other components of the benefits, whether it is diagnostic or otherwise, and develop a more organized way to outsource some of those benefits,” he said, addressing the recent National Health Research Conference in Kingston. He’s hoping Cabinet will approve the new plan. “We held a series of consultations with a range of stakeholders. We will may do a few more. It is a scheduled implementation that will take some time to get to full throttle.” 

WORLD’S BEST: For the umpteenth time, Sandals Resorts International has been voted the world’s leading all-inclusive, with Beaches being named the world’s leading all-inclusive family resort. The announcements came at the 2018 World Travel Awards, where Jamaica earned six other honours, including leading beach destination and leading cruise destination. Some of our top local hotspots rounded out the tally: Round Hill Hotel (leading villa resort), Island Routes (leading Caribbean attraction), Chukka Adventures (leading adventure tour operator) and GoldenEye’s Fleming Villa (leading luxury hotel villa). 

TAKING CHARGE: “I want to create opportunities for foreign trade, investment and tourism between Jamaica and Georgia, foster greater collaboration among stakeholders and develop youth programmes,” says philanthropist Dr. Elaine Grant-Bryan, Jamaica’s newly appointed Consul General to Atlanta in the United States. “I’m honoured to receive this appointment, and I look forward to serving with distinction and pride, while ensuring the mandate of the Jamaican government is implemented and the Jamaican citizens are protected.”

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