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Ministry: survey shows majority support universal healthcare

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A majority of survey respondents now say they have a “good understanding” of universal healthcare and support the initiative.

The Ministry of Health said that a recent Bermuda omnibus survey, based on phone interviews with 401 residents, found that 56 per cent of residents understood UHC, while 64 per cent backed its implementation.

The statement added that there was a “significant increase” in respondents stating that they completely supported the concept after being presented with a proposed definition.

However, the results also highlighted areas of concern, including the cost of such a scheme, funding sources and equity issues.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “These findings are encouraging and demonstrate the effectiveness of our ongoing efforts to educate and engage the public on universal health coverage.

“UHC will benefit all residents by making healthcare more affordable and accessible, thus removing financial barriers to care.

“The long-term cost savings of preventive care and early intervention under UHC will benefit the economy and society.”

Ms Wilson added that the ministry was committed to addressing the concerns expressed by respondents and that further dialogue would take place.

The statement said further public engagement would take place, with members of the public able to get more details about the programme online at www.healthstrategy.bm/latestupdates.

“Our vision for UHC includes a core benefits package that will provide essential healthcare services to all residents, ensuring that no one is left behind due to financial hardship,” the minister said.

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Published July 07, 2024 at 3:23 pm (Updated July 07, 2024 at 5:54 pm)

Ministry: survey shows majority support universal healthcare

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