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National Health Fund

The National Health Fund was established to provide financial support to the healthcare system in Jamaica, with a view of improving the healthcare effectiveness and the overall health of the Jamaican population.  This is done through three categories of benefits:

  • The NHF Individual Benefit provides subsidies and pharmaceutical benefits to individuals for the treatment of chronic illnesses.
  • Institutional Benefits provides grants to institutions for healthcare related projects.
  • Public Information – to promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors

 

Contact Information

Address: 6th Floor, The Towers, 25 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5
Phone: (876) 906-1106
Fax: (876) 906-1105
Email: info@nhf.org.jm
Website:
Open: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Contact: Public Information Manager
Phone: (876) 906-1106
Fax: (876) 906-1105
Email: info@nhf.org.jm

Individual Benefits Programme

The NHF Individual Benefits programme provides pharmaceutical support for the treatment of chronic illnesses through two programmes:

  • The NHFcard which provides subsidies to beneficiaries of all ages to treat 15 chronic illnesses.
  • JADEP which provides a specific list of drugs free of cost, to beneficiaries who are 60 years and over for the treatment of 10 chronic illnesses

Institutional Benefits Programme

The Institutional Benefits function provides grants to institutions through two funds.

  • The Health Promotion and Protection Fund, which provides funding for public & private sector projects in educational and primary care activities that promote healthy life-styles, protect health and prevent illnesses in support of the national healthcare policy. 
  • The Health Support Fund, which provides funding for public sector infrastructure and development projects that support the national healthcare policy using the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Essential Public.

Public Information Programme

The Public Information function provides information and support for health related activities.  It promotes the benefits and services provided by the NHF through health fairs, community days, schools initiatives and other promotional activities.  It sponsors health screening tests in partnership with Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).

NHF – Any resident of Jamaica suffering from any one or more of the 15 specified chronic illnesses listed below, young or old can benefit

  1. Arthritis
  2. Asthma
  3. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate)
  4. Breast Cancer
  5. Diabetes
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Glaucoma
  8. High Cholesterol
  9. Hypertension
  10. Ischaemic Heart Disease
  11. Major Depression
  12. Prostate Cancer
  13. Psychosis
  14. Rheumatic Fever
  15. Heart Disease
  16. Vascular Disease

JADEP - Any resident of Jamaica 60 years of age or older, suffering from any one or more of the 10 specified chronic illnesses listed below, can benefit:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Asthma
  3. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Enlarged Prostate)
  4. Cardiac Disease
  5. Diabetes
  6. Glaucoma
  7. High Cholesterol
  8. Hypertension
  9. Psychotic Conditions
  10. Vascular or Circulatory Problems

NHF

  1. Collect a NHF Application Form from your doctor, hospital, health clinic, pharmacy, NHF Head Office or NHF Helpdesk locations. 
  2. Take it to your doctor who will fill in the illnesses that the applicant has. The doctor must sign the card including his or her doctor’s registration number.
  3.  Fill out all the relevant sections of the card – name address, date of birth, gender and your Tax Registration Number (TRN). If you do not have a TRN card, apply to your nearest Tax Office.  
  4. Ensure that you copy the number correctly on your application or attach a photocopy to the completed application form and mail or take them to the NHF office.  
  5. An adult or a legal guardian must sign the application card for children under the age of 18.

NB. Everyone applying for NHF Individual Benefits, including children must have a TRN. The Tax Office is ready to assist parents and guardians to obtain TRN cards for their infants and children.

JADEP

  1.  Collect a NHF Application Form from your doctor, hospital, health clinic, pharmacy, NHF Head Office or NHF Helpdesk locations.
  2. You can enroll for JADEP at any government health centre, National Council for Senior Citizens, NHF Head Office or Helpdesk locations.
  3.  You need to take along a proof of age which can be one of  the following:
  •  Birth certificate
  •  Passport
  •  Driver’s license
  •  National Voter’s Identification Card
  •  Senior Citizens Identification Card
  •  Letter from a Justice of the Peace (JP), medical doctor or pastor, verifying age.

NB. If you cannot go to an enrolment centre you can ask someone to do so for you, but you must send proof of age.

 

NHF Beneficiaries who are diagnosed as diabetic are also eligible for: 

  • Subsidized HBA1C tests (4 per year).
  •  A free glucometer and/or penfil applicator (every two years)
  • Subsidized cost for:
    • Test strips used to measure blood or urine sugar levels
    • Lancets
    • Syringes  or needles used to administer insulin dosages.

NHF Beneficiaries who are diagnosed as asthmatic are also eligible for subsidies on asthmatic spacers and masks.

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