By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday that he will divulge details about National Health Insurance “when all information is available” and that he won’t give “bits and pieces” of information when asked.
“We won’t release information after every committee meeting,” he said, adding: “We’re working on it. We’ve already began the process of how and when we will implement universal health care throughout the Bahamas.”
Mr Gibson’s comments came as the public awaits information about how much has been paid to Costa Rican accounting firm Sanigest Internacional to provide consultation services and a cost for implementing NHI.
Last week, State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis announced in the House of Assembly that the government is seeking to implement NHI by January 2016.
Foreign consultants made presentations to Cabinet on the proposed scheme last week, he confirmed.
The 2016 target date for NHI implementation is three years past the initial timeline promised by Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez during the 2012 election campaign.