By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
The National Health Insurance was extended to the Corozal District, with services available to roughly 16,000 residents from Corozal Town, Patchakan Village and neighboring communities, at two clinics – the Corozal Polyclinic II, which was built on the Corozal Hospital compound, and the Patchakan Presbyterian Clinic.
The two clinics join the others in the Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo districts that offer clinical management for diabetic and hypertensive cases, asthma and acute respiratory infections, as well as pre-natal and post-natal care, which include lab tests for pregnant women, early detection of HIV and tuberculosis and detection and referrals for some types of cancers; eye care services; immunization clinics; nutrition programs and minor surgeries.
The NHI scheme was established in 2003 following the first pilot project in the Southside of Belize City. Under the scheme, Government subsidizes health care for registered patients at private and public medical facilities.
The cost of the program in its first year of coverage is around $1.5 million.