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Co-pay health benefits debate

The President of the Cayman Island’s Civil Service Association (CICSA) James Watler said that he is all in for raising the pension age from 60 for women and 65 for men but disagrees with the notion that asking civil servants to co-pay for medical benefits is the way forward.

“Well co-pay is not the answer to the bigger question which is the high costs of health care because health care is more than just civil servants, health care is about the nation, the entire country, the Cayman Islands because when we talk about the 20 percent of the nations budget which is designed for health care or used for health care, we’re not just talking civil servants alone,” Mr. Watler said.

The President of CICSA said he believes it’s the government’s responsibility to fully pay for the health care of all workers in the Cayman Islands and not just civil servants. He said he is working with the Minister of Finance Hon. Marco Archer in ensuring the entire country will have access to a national health care programme which should meet the need of every individual and not just civil servants.

Mr. Watler added that both himself and the Minister Archer are currently in talks with stake holders such as the HSA and the Needs Assessment Unit in formulating a plan to improve the Island’s state of health care.

He mentioned that pensioners will not be asked to co-pay as they are already on pension and said employees who are on contractual agreements with their employers will only be subjected to a co-pay by giving an agreement.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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