As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) will be implementing a public-private partnership non-communicable disease shared care initiative. This initiative will seek to maintain essential primary care services for non-COVID-19 clients with diabetes (DM) and hypertension (HTN); enabling them to access routine care through private physicians and to free the resources of the health centres to focus on critical cases and the pandemic response.
The purpose of this initiative is:
- to minimize exposure of clients with chronic illnesses to COVID-19 at public health facilities;
- to maintain routine clinical management of non-COVID-19 clients with diabetes and/or hypertension in the context of scaled-down access to primary care services at public health centres during the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica;
- to identify and engage suitable private physicians in the selected areas to participate in a project for the medical management of public patients who are diabetic and hypertensive for a fixed fee to be paid by the NHF.