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Published 2nd December 2005, 12:49pm

Caymanian Compass

By Iris Stoner

A panel of specialists and representatives from the public explained and debated key points concerning health insurance at a forum at Mary Miller Memorial Hall Tuesday, 29 November.

The theme of the forum was Understanding Health Care – Health Insurance in the Cayman Islands. During the meeting which was broadcast live, moderator Suzanne Look Loy, chairman of the board of the Health Insurance Commission, addressed questions to the panel as well as took queries from the public.

Minister for Health and Human Services Anthony Eden opened the forum, which was attended by approximately 50 people.

“The objective of our meeting here tonight is to better understand matters related to health care and more specifically, health insurance in the Cayman Islands. The issues surrounding health insurance in our country are varied and quite complex in some cases,” Mr. Eden said.

The minister sees a need to educate as many people as possible about health insurance.

“What we have found is that not only are many people questioning the need for health insurance but that they are also unaware of the changes to the health insurance legislation that have taken place over the last few years.

“We want to make sure that you are fully informed of your rights and obligations and that you understand the health insurance legislation as it pertains to you,” Mr. Eden said.

The panel discussed such issues as the proposed four standardised health insurance plans, the role of the HIC in regulating the industry, and the use of health insurance cards and their acceptance by health care providers.

The panel comprised Mervyn Conolly, Superintendent of Health Insurance; Samantha Bennett of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals; Dr. Robert Glatz of the Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society; Bill Rewalt, a member of the public who spent 46 years in the insurance business in Bermuda and Cayman; Gordon Rowell, health insurance consultant; Trevor Stuart, of Cayman General Insurance; and George Ebanks, a member of the public.