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

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Number of confirmed cases of swine flu rises to four

THE number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the country has risen to four, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Swine flu: Third case diagnosed

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday confirmed that a new case of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has been documented locally.

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Possibility of industrial action by doctors ‘looking less likely’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the possibility of doctors withdrawing services is “looking less and less likely” as there continues to be “tremendous progress” in negotiations between the Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).

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At least two cases of swine flu – one fatal

AT least two cases of swine flu resulting in one death have been documented in the country and it is possible there could be more but officials are unable to say for certain, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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One death as swine flu cases reported

A NUMBER of cases of swine flu have been reported in the Bahamas and one person has died from the illness, according to Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands who implored residents to get a flu vaccine.

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Waste too 'entrenched' for govt NHI savings

The Government cannot finance National Health Insurance (NHI) from internal savings because waste and inefficiency is too “entrenched” in the public sector, a Cabinet minister has admitted.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business tha

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Minister: 'Don't pull punches' on NHI fears

Healthcare industry stakeholders were yesterday told by a Cabinet minister not to “pull any punches” by holding back on concerns over the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, said the proposal wa

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Sands warns doctors and insurers will have to cut charges

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.

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Survey as govt takes steps to boost health

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands on Monday announced the launch of the 2018 STEPS health survey in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).The survey, which is carried out globally in five year periods

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Healthcare 'stagnation' warning if NHI rejected

BAHAMIANS have been warned that the drive towards affordable, quality healthcare for all will “stagnate” if they do not back the Government’s revised National Health Insurance model.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business it would

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Breadbasket food revisions targeted for January 2019

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the promised revision to the country’s 45 year-old breadbasket goods line-up will likely occur in January 2019.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, told Tribune Business that a public consultation tour over

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Health service funding crisis ends in landmark plan - 2% levy on wages to pay $100m costs

A CONTRIBUTORY scheme in which the salaries of every employed Bahamian will be subject to a deduction of about two per cent each month was proposed yesterday by the National Health Insurance Authority as a means to pay for universal healthcare coverage for all, including children, elderly, and the unemployed.

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NIB rejected as NHI manager

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has been rejected as the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s administrator because its costs are simply too high, a Cabinet minister has revealed.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, who revealed the move at las

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NHI catastrophic plan to cost under $1,000

The Government plans to roll-out National Health Insurance (NHI) catastrophic care plans costing “as little as $1,000 per year” within the next three to four weeks, it was revealed yesterday.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health and national insurance,

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More than 500 fee increases for hospital 'by end of year'

THE government is preparing for push back more than 500 potential fee increases at the Princess Margaret Hospital to be implemented before year’s end, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, as he suggested civil servants may also be affected

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Alliance marks 10th annual Sight Awareness Month

THE Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired marked its 10th annual sight awareness month at the Mall at Marathon yesterday.

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Insurers 'uncertain' over hospital debts

THE Bahamas Insurance Association says it is “uncertain at this time” if private insurers owe revenue to the Public Hospitals Authority due to the PHA’s inadequate billing system. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has said the PHA delivers as much as $4

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Sands initiative to target gambling addiction

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands is hoping a gambling addiction symposium to be held at the end of this month will provide assistance and “some remedy” to individuals and households affected by compulsive gambling. On Wednesday, Dr Sands said reports

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Govt waiting for details of UWI students

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is still waiting for the University of the West Indies to provide it with the data of all Bahamian students who enrolled in the medical programme this semester.He said the government needs

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