Legalising gambling, introducing a health tax, making civil servants contribute to their own medical insurance and starting a national lottery. These are just some of the suggestions Canover Watson made to try and bring in revenue for the cash-strapped Health Services Authority. The former chairman spends his second day in the witness box, revealing how the HSA was in dire straights when he joined the board.
Thursday (14 January) morning he told the jury he made a number of suggestions to the government at the time on how best to raise cash. He also said he, and then Health Minister Mark Scotland met with the CEO of the Baptist Hospital in South Florida, with a view to allowing the Americans to run the HSA.
Mr. Watson said he believed this option made perfect sense, but there was concerns from government about outsourcing the public health care to a private, over-seas organisation, and eventually the idea was scrapped.
Mr. Watson denies money laundering and theft charges.