Finance Ministry Responds To A Daily Newspaper Report On Statements Made By Minister Imbert On Expenditure On Public Health Care

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Finance Ministry Responds To A Daily Newspaper Report On Statements Made By Minister Imbert On Expenditure On Public Health Care

The Finance Ministry says at no time, did Minister Colm Imbert, say or even imply he was contemplating a cut in the allocation for Chronic Disease Assistance Programme.

It gave this explanation as the Ministry responded to what it describes as inaccurate, misleading, dangerous reporting and commentary by the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper on Statements that he made on Monday in Parliament on the budgetary allocation of the Ministry of Health.

In the Standing Committee Meeting of the House of Representatives on June 3rd , 2024, the Minister of Finance noted an increase in the budgetary allocation of $495 million, or half a billion dollars, was being proposed for the Ministry of Health in the Mid-Year Review.

This increase in the Ministry of Health’s budget for 2024 will bring the total allocated for public health care in Trinidad in fiscal 2024 to almost $8 billion.

In commenting on the increased spending on health, the Minister said that we have as a country to look at value for money because the amount spent by the Government on health care has increased exponentially over the years, from $1 billion when he was the Minister of Health 22 years ago to the present day expenditure, which is now eight times as much as it was in 2002.