About the Conference

ORIGIN OF CONFERENCES

In response to requests from Caribbean governments to ‘do more’ in health’, Heads of Caribbean Social Security Organizations at their 17th General Meeting (Belize City, June 2006) agreed to establish a Caribbean forum for discussing approaches, challenges and lessons learnt in addressing  health financing matters.

 

As such, these Health Financing Conferences have been organized to share knowledge, test ideas, build capacity as we learn from those who have direct and indirect responsibility for planning or administering health financing initiatives.

 

Recognizing that knowledge in health and related health financing matters do not reside with a single professional group, the Conferences have actively expanded participation by involving experts and officials with first-hand health experience from international organizations, Ministries of Health, health insurers, third party administrators as well as health services networks, research agencies, IT companies and academic institutions.

 

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

The thirteen (13) previous Conferences were hosted by and held in:-

 

Year

Location

Hosts

2006

Turks & Caicos Is.

National Insurance Board (NIB)

2007

Aruba

General Health Insurance (AZV)

2008

Trinidad & Tobago

National Insurance Board (NIB) & Ministry of Health (MOH)

2009

St Maarten

Department of Public Health (DPH)

2010

Belize

Social Security Board (SSB)

2011

Bermuda

Bermuda Health Council (BHEC) & Health Insurance Department (HID)

2012

Curacao

Social Insurance Bank (SVB)

2013

Jamaica

National Health Fund (NHF)

2014

Trinidad &Tobago

HEU, Centre for Health Economics (HEU)

2015

Turks &Caicos Is

National Health Insurance Board (NHIB)

2016

Bonaire

Health Insurance Office (ZVK)

2018

Suriname

State Health Foundation (SZF)

2019

Anguilla

Anguilla Social Security Board (ASSB)

 

DEBRIEFING NOTE FROM 13TH CONFERENCE

The attached Debriefing Note (2019) summarises the main presentations, issues and suggestions from the 13th Conference in Anguilla, November 8—10, 2018.  

 

Debriefing Note

 

THE 14TH CONFERENCE

This year’s Conference, coordinated by the HEU, Centre for Health Economics in collaboration with Pan American Health Organisation is being hosted by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment and the Medical Benefits Scheme of Antigua and Barbuda.

 

As in past Conferences with different themes, this year’s focus is on ‘Confronting the Financing Challenges of COVID-19 and the Unfinished Universal Coverage Agenda’.
Particular attention will be centred on:-

  • financial impact and coping strategies given the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic globally and particularly in the Caribbean;
  • fiscal space for health given economic challenges;
  • financial progress and plans to address the unfinished agenda of Universal Health Coverage in the Caribbean including issues of efficiency, financial protection and public-private partnerships as well as re-structuring health financing institutions;
  • new challenges to confront such as childhood obesity and new directions to consider such as digitization of health records and data analytics.   

As will be seen from the Program (to be posted shortly), we have a well-planned mix of:

  • feature papers,  panel discussions and expert commentaries;
  • Caribbean and non-Caribbean speakers;
  • new and experienced presenters;
  • and, of course, the full benefits of open one-on-one sharing of insights, experiences and suggestions from participants during and outside Conference hours.    

Invitation Letter