The coverage of native health insurance companies to have expectant moms pay for his or her healthcare prices upfront and declare refunds later has probably disastrous outcomes for pregnant women.
According to representatives from the European Union (EU)-funded ‘Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health in Jamaica’ undertaking, the coverage “jeopardises the women’s rights to the highest attainable standard of health and risks less-than-favourable pregnancy outcomes”.
“Maternal health is important, and every attempt must be made to ensure that pregnant women get timely access to the healthcare they need. While the decision taken by the insurance companies may be well founded from their perspective, it certainly discriminates against women who are pregnant,” stated Professor Wendel Abel, lead investigator for the undertaking.
Pay out personal pocket
His feedback come within the wake of The Sunday Gleaner‘s lead story, which highlighted the plight of pregnant women who complained of getting to pay out of their very own pockets for his or her care regardless of having insurance protection.
Affette McCaw-Binns, professor of reproductive health and epidemiology on the University of the West Indies (UWI), believes that the Government and employers ought to lend their help to a rethink of how health insurance suppliers deal with pregnant women.
“Young women 20-40 years and their partners are generally healthy. Their main health concerns revolve around their reproductive health needs such as family planning resources and efficient access to antenatal care when pregnancy occurs,” McCaw-Binns stated.
“Their positive health status means they are the mainstay of the health insurance system, where they invest consistently more than they withdraw, except during pregnancy and childbirth,” she famous.
Advocacy specialist on the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre Linnette Vassell believes that there’s want for a nationwide dialog across the challenge.
“People have reservations about dealing with so-called market forces in the private sector domain when it comes to basic rights,” Vassell stated. “But in this case, it is perfectly justifiable for the Government and civil society to engage in a conversation with the private sector to enhance the health and well-being of citizens in light of our maternal mortality objective.”