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HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff

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'We'll wait to see Marijuana Commission report first before we act'

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has dismissed a call from Progressive Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper to act swiftly to decriminalise marijuana.Speaking to reporters at Cabinet yesterday, Dr Sands said the administration is taking a data dr

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Gun violence is top cause for death of men

GUN violence has been the number one cause of death of Bahamian men for the last few years, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, as he outlined the crippling effects obesity and non-communicable diseases have had on the healthcare system.

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Minister promises: ‘No NHI black hole’

A Cabinet Minister yesterday pledged “there’s not going to be an NHI information black hole” amid private sector concerns about insufficient details to justify the scheme’s pricing.

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Sands – We'll make fair offer to doctors

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is negotiating in good faith to present a reasonable and fair offer to public health physicians who have threatened industrial action.

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Doctors, insurers told: Cut fees for viable NHI

All doctors, healthcare facilities and insurers must cut their fees if the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model is to succeed and be financially viable, a Cabinet minister has warned.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business

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Will firms abandon private health?

SOME Bahamians with comprehensive employer-sponsored group health insurance plans fear businesses will drop these and provide only the minimum benefits required by the Minnis administration’s proposed National Health Insurance scheme.

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PMH fee increases are 'not so simple'

A Cabinet minister yesterday admitted that the plan to implement up to 500 potential fee increases at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) was “not as simple as it may seem”.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business that the Governmen

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Sands' message to PLP: Sit small and shut up

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday called for members of the Official Opposition to “sit small and shut up” instead of criticising the management of the Public Hospitals Authority’s funds. Dr Sands added the Progressive Liberal Party committed


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