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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD AND THE BAHAMAS PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION

5/12/2010 4:49:00 AM
The National Insurance Board and The Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association announced on Thursday that they are working together to successfully launch the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP) in August of this year.

Both organizations said their single focus is to support the implementation of the plan which will ensure increased access to prescription medication for the treatment of eleven chronic diseases in Phase I of NPDP. In view of this resolve and the desire of both parties to contribute to instituting the Plan in its best possible form, NIB and the BPA have agreed that neither party will make any additional public statements regarding their discussions towards this goal.

Algernon Cargill, Director of NIB said “We do understand that there may be differences between NIB’s proposal and what the BPA and its members may want to see. NIB is working within a set of approved parameters that we believe provides for a fair and reasonable return, given all of the circumstances, to maximize the participation of local pharmacies. We have consulted widely with the BPA and other key stakeholders to ensure that the approved Plan will provide significant relief to Bahamians suffering from one or more of the 11 chronic diseases identified by NIB in the first phase of the Plan. The feedback we have received from registered beneficiaries and the general public is that NPDP is revolutionary and will increase their access to prescription medication and enable them to better manage their chronic conditions. We believe that at the end of the day, the NPDP that is being introduced will be successful and will be a wonderful business opportunity for the participating pharmacies that choose to join the Plan.”

Dr. Marvin Smith, President of the BPA said the intent of the BPA has always been to partner with the government to ensure a viable, sustainable plan for the Bahamian people.

“Pharmacists are a key part of the healthcare system and the BPA assures the public that our members view the access to healthcare as a fundamental right of every Bahamian. It is the intention of the BPA to continue to work with NIB to produce a programme that will benefit everyone it serves. We will do all we can to ensure that the Drug Plan and the private pharmacy sector can both be sustained, and that this Plan can provide benefit to our people for generations to come. We do this in the spirit of cooperation,” Dr. Smith said.
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The National Insurance Board (NIB) wishes to address and correct “facts” advanced by the Nassau Institute in a letter to the Editor, published in the Nassau Guardian of Saturday, September 19, 2009, and referenced in a Tribune article on September 21, 2009. In that letter, the Nassau Institute incorrectly suggested that National Insurance is proposing an 84.1% increase in taxes
On September 2, 2009, Prime Minister the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, tabled in the House of Assembly the report of the 8th Actuarial Review of the National Insurance Fund, which was completed and formally presented to Government in 2008. The Report, which covers a review period from January 2002 to December 2006, gives a comprehensive assessment of the current and future finances of the National Insurance Fund, and reviews the state of the country’s primary social security system from a social standpoint, assessing the adequacy and relevance of the level of benefits now offered. The Review, like all others prior to it, makes recommendations designed to strengthen both the social and financial aspects of the Fund to ensure that National Insurance is able to meet its obligations well into the future. It takes a historical look at past trends and experiences as well as makes financial forecasts for the future. Demographic and financial projections up to 2066 have been presented.
A “business person in Fox Hill” suggested in a letter to the Editor (What’s Going on at NIB? – Tribune 23/09), that with the recent move of Inspectors from the National Insurance Board’s Fox Hill Local Office to its Jumbey Village Local Office in the Clifford Darling Complex, the Board’s operations in Fox Hill will close down. According to Greg Collie, Senior Manager for Compliance with responsibility for the Inspectorate, nothing could be further from the truth. He said the Fox Hill Local Office is not closing down.
Response to Tribune article
4/9/2009 12:00:00 AM
Derek Osborne, Consultant Actuary at the National Insurance Board is advising the public that though the 8th Actuarial Review of the National Insurance Fund, which includes long-term projections of the Fund and recommendations aimed at enhancing the Fund’s long-term sustainability as well as its ongoing relevance, has been completed, it has not yet been tabled in Parliament as is required by law.
Algernon Cargill, Director of the National Insurance Board (NIB) is responding to a Tribune article (March 12, 2009) that suggested that members of the business community are in a state of “enormous consternation” over the Board’s current and ongoing process of updating its contribution records. Though NIB has addressed this issue in the recent past, the NIB Director wishes to say once again that the Board is obligated by the National Insurance Act to ensure that all employers have paid the amount of contributions due for each employee for each month, and that contributions submitted are accurately posted or deposited to the accounts of the appropriate employees.
NIB Compliance Press Release
3/11/2009 12:00:00 AM
As was reported in the local media recently, the National Insurance Board (NIB) is increasing its review of the contribution accounts of delinquent employers and self-employed persons in order to ensure compliance with the National Insurance Act (the Act).