Vincentians will now benefit from additional medical facilities in the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe following the signing of an agreement.
The three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by OECS director-general Dr Didacus Jules, and the general director of the General Social Security Fund of Guadeloupe (CGSS), Henri Yacou.
According to CMC, Jules said the agreement will address the administrative, logistical and financial barriers that nationals from the OECS face when accessing health services in the French Departments in the Eastern Caribbean.
He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that it will also facilitate the exchange of information and capacity building in an effort to support the development of regional approaches to health services and the portability of health benefits backed by adequate health insurance.
Jules said that the OECS are very aware of the exorbitant costs associated with extra-regional travel for medical care.
The CGSS is presently working on a plan for a pilot project with a French health insurance company that will allow for unique identification numbers and a financially and legally secure partnership with hospital establishments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Martin.
The OECS groups the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands.
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