Video & Updates: ‘Patients 1st’ Health Plan Talk

February 7, 2020

[Updated] The ‘Patients 1st’ group is holding a ‘Health Plan Talk in the Park’ this afternoon [Feb 7] at Queen Elizabeth Park in Hamilton.

A Patient’s 1st organizer previously said; “With faith in each other and love in our hearts, we must now create an approach to healthcare reform that protects the vulnerable without reducing the quality of care.”

“Friday’s lunchtime event is open to all, regardless of your view about healthcare reform. The Talk in the Park is a way for people to be heard and to learn more about what health reform means to them. Everyone seems to have questions and this is an opportunity to share solutions.”

Update | The event has concluded and the 90-minute replay is below

“The public is invited to bring their lunch to listen, share and learn at Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen Street – next to the Bermuda National Library – at 12.30pm to help shape the future of the Bermuda Health Plan 2020 for good.

“Speakers for the lunchtime event include community leaders, natural healers, performing artists and medical practitioners.”

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  1. Jack Archer says:

    that’s a pretty decent crowd

  2. Cow Polly says:

    Great effort! But Government won’t listen – it is set on this. any climbdown would be too embarrassing for them now

  3. toadinthehole says:

    very good cross section of the community – Government must as least pause this policy until it has actual details so we can compare. we also need to know who is going to run it.
    Put this on hold!

  4. Politricks says:

    Wish I knew about this. I would have attended!!

  5. hanky panky says:

    wow Edna Mathie.

  6. che says:

    I was there – big crowd by Bermuda standards. Gov really needs to listen rather than bully their own way on this. Very few people have any confidence in Gov’s ability to do this. They want to push the public into accepting a plan without knowing the costs and impact on benefits. And yet they have made little attempt to improve our existing system. Wholesale bombings of existing systems never work out – you basically screw a generation until the kinks are worked out.

    • Jack Archer says:

      government cannot even get a bus schedule right, how can they do this?!

  7. Quinton B Butterfield says:

    The government is obviously not articulating their plan well. They need to stop and make sure people understand what it is they want to do.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      What this government wants to be seen to be doing , in the eyes of their diehard support base , is busting the b***s of the insurance companies. But it’s not the insurance companies who are responsible for the high health care costs , it’s the service providers and pharma suppliers .
      Besides , even if their magnificent plan only cost $50 a month and offered full benefits there’d still be a load of people , as there is now , who won’t buy it and will remain uncovered .

    • Cow Polly says:

      More importantly they need to be precise over the benefits unified health care will give us compared to what we have now

      • wahoo says:

        They also need to tell us who will be administering all of this….I bet there is a private entity waiting and drooling.

  8. Jack Archer says:

    Leah Scott talking – no-one from Government there? shame!

  9. Midge pullen says:

    Why were there no reps there from Government to give us the facts?Do they even know any facts about this system.Sounds like they will make it up as they go along. Poorly thought out.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    Big crowd for a normally apathetic Bermuda. Something of a balance too in ages, gender & race too.

    Those who did not bother, thinking that they will somehow be magically taken care of had better think again. All is well while you are still working & the employer picks up half the insurance bill but when you hit retirement you are on your own.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      And wrt your last sentence the question arises .. What happens to the coverage that people get who retired with health insurance benefits ?
      Will they lose their current comprehensive plan and inherit this $520 (?) a month fiasco ?