Health Ministry On Patients First Gathering

February 7, 2020 | 9 Comments

“It was encouraging to see a large turnout at the event, as healthcare is a topic which affects everyone and change in this sphere is something which does and should involve all of us,” the Health Ministry said following today’s gathering held by Patients First in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Patients First Gathering Bermuda Feb 7 2020

“The Ministry is pleased that Patients First is in support of universal healthcare. This shows that the organization shares the Government’s goal to ensure everyone in Bermuda can access the healthcare that they need,” a spokesperson said.

“It was encouraging to see a large turnout at the event, as healthcare is a topic which affects everyone and change in this sphere is something which does and should involve all of us.

“This Government is committed to achieving access to healthcare for all and bringing down the costs of healthcare in Bermuda which are unsustainable.”

Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, “The message from the final speaker, Mrs. Martha Dismont, is what resonates most powerfully with me and, hopefully, with all who listened. She highlighted the need to work through differences together.

“I welcome the opportunity to have dialogue – real, actual, meaningful dialogue – with Patients First on our shared goal for universal healthcare. I believe we have more in common than differences and, as Mrs. Dismont said, we will find the best solutions together.”

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  1. Donderered says:

    Minister, they made it clear that they support universal health care but unified health care – which is what you are proposing!

    • We are here says:

      No the govt is pushing for universal health care i.e. the same health care system in Europe and Canada. Nice try trying to spin that

      • Mark says:

        Yep, pushing on their never ending quest for Fourth World status. Keep voting lemming.

      • Jennifer says:

        As I understand it the Government is looking to UNIFIED health care, not UNIVERSAL health care. There is a considerable difference.

        Apparently Government also looking at ONE entity to bring in all the prescription drugs – that is create a monopoly.
        Dental care – seemingly dentists will be given the opportunity to opt out of the system? This opens up a whole new can of worms. Listening to the dentists speak about the importance of oral health was very informative.
        Chronic illness patients will be dealt with on a ‘one by one’ basis? How many people will be employed to examine these cases? How long will it take for Government to decide? Will there be an opportunity to appeal?
        What Mental Health Care insurance is being implemented?
        Is it correct that podiatry care for diabetic patients will not be included?
        … and a lot of other concerns including who/what company(ies) will be tasked with investing those premiums to ensure sufficient return to cover the costs.
        Wouldn’t it be easier to bring in the 10% of uninsured rather than dismantle an entire system for a very vague system that ‘should’, ‘could’ ‘will probably’ reduce costs (along with a long list of reduced benefits?
        BTW where do GEHI subscribers fit in?

  2. Free thinker says:

    Fake news… If this was true then patients first would be ok with the healthcare reform. If govt is still nieve to over 1/3 of the voting population is against it. Then we need new politicians. I keep hearing people first campaign but of you don’t listen to the people how can your throne statement be true… Sick of the lies… #timefornewpoliticalparties

  3. Toodle-oo says:

    “I welcome the opportunity to have dialogue – real, actual, meaningful dialogue – with Patients First on our shared goal for universal healthcare. I believe we have more in common than differences and, as Mrs. Dismont said, we will find the best solutions together.”

    You are so full of it !
    Less than 36 hours ago you said it’s a done deal , case closed , no more discussions.

  4. Hoop says:

    Kim Wilson:
    “I welcome the opportunity to have dialogue – real, actual, meaningful dialogue – with Patients First on our shared goal for universal healthcare.”

    The implication being that the people who showed up at the park and the things that were said and the signatories of the petition were not part of a real, meaningful dialogue. So what is? Presumably it would be better if this conversation were held in private. Dialogues are better when the public are not there to make things complicated.

    I have not met a Bermudian politician yet who had the slightest interest in real public consultation.

  5. Madge says:

    We need a new health minister….

  6. Sounds like PLP spin to me says:

    When will the GVT listen to us?

    What a sad state of affairs in this country.

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