Non-nationals will be afforded some of the same healthcare services offered to citizens.
In a release issued by the Ministry of Health, the policy affords non-citizens to the following coverage:
a. Emergency Medical Services including initial treatment, stabilisation and discharge for acute medical conditions such as accidents, injuries, asthma, heart attacks, stroke, diabetic coma; and relevant diagnostics for acute care (using the Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale (CTAS) I-V which is currently the standard assessment tool used in all public health Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments);
b. All population and public health services including immunisation and treatment of communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and other high-risk infectious diseases (e.g. malaria).
A representative from the Ministry of Health confirmed that no queries had been received from the media and the public about the policy. As such, the Ministry plans to re-send the release to the media.
The release also states: “The population is also reminded that, based on long-established policy, persons who have been to Central or South America are excluded from donating blood for a period of six months, due to the circulation of certain endemic diseases within these territories (e.g. malaria, Chagas Disease)”.