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‘Still no updates on NHI Petition’ – Natalio D. Wheatley

- is hoping that the Premier & his Cabinet take the Group’s concerns & recommendations seriously
Main agitator behind the NHI Concerned Citizens and Residents Group Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru is hopeful that the National Democratic Party (NDP) government takes their recommendations for the National Health Insurance (NHI) seriously and makes the changes as necessary, even as a committee currently examines their proposals. Photo: Facebook
Just over one week ago, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said that the petitions and its recommendations were with a committee headed by Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton. Photo: VINO/Provided
Just over one week ago, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said that the petitions and its recommendations were with a committee headed by Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton. Photo: VINO/Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The main person behind the NHI Concerned Citizens and Residents Group Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru is hopeful that the National Democratic Party (NDP) government takes the group's recommendations for the National Health Insurance (NHI) seriously and makes the changes as necessary, even as a committee currently examines the proposals.

Speaking to this media house yesterday December 1, 2015, Wheatley said that nearly two months on, the group has received no communication from Government on the number of measures proposed for what they believe would be the improving of the NHI Scheme.

Just over a week ago, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the petitions and its recommendations were with a committee headed by Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton.

“We hope that the government will be willing to consider the options we have put forward,” said Wheatley when contacted recently.

“We especially hope that the government will consider an NHI that is not compulsory and financed through different avenues.”

'Certain things must be looked at'

Speaking to this news site on November 22, 2015, Dr Smith said, “The petition has been passed on to the Minister responsible for the NHI Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and he’s reviewing it. We will have a further discussion when that is finished on the issues that have been presented on the NHI.”

He added that there are still “certain things” that have to be looked at before a proper decision can be made.

Dr Smith clarified that while he himself will not be able to make any tweaks to the NHI, the body reviewing it, led by Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton, will be the entity recommending any changes.

The NHI Concerned Citizens and Residents Group, which had on October 13, 2015 submitted its petition against the National Health Insurance (NHI), along with a detailed letter, has proposed a number of alternatives which it would like to see Government consider instead of the scheme in the current format.

The letter was signed by Wheatley. The petition eventually garnered close to 1,000 signatures.

Among the issues considered glaring by the Group are that the system as being implemented is mandatory, that the statistical underpinnings upon which the main study was conducted were flawed and gave incorrect figures for the percentages of insured and uninsured persons in the territory, that individuals and families will be affected, that there is a persistent culture of secrecy, and that the economic viability of the system is in question.

The Group is proposing that everyone could be registered under a private coinsurance pool, that the uninsured should be registered and individuals with insurance that is equivalent or superior to the NHI should be exempted. It also proposed that insured persons can be taxed one to two percent of their salary to pay for the uninsured and suggested the expansion of the remit of Social Security.

The controversial NHI comes fully on stream on January 1, 2016. Registration is ongoing.

20 Responses to “‘Still no updates on NHI Petition’ – Natalio D. Wheatley”

  • Huh? (02/12/2015, 08:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord doc on vacation he aint got ayo to study
    • facts man (02/12/2015, 09:19) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Meanwhile, as the NDP gang go globe flying the vast majority of BVI resdients struggle to save up enough to retire, and many elderly locals live and die poverty
      • ------------------------ (02/12/2015, 10:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ironically, they sound like a GOP controlled government and economy in the USA
    • ta ta (02/12/2015, 10:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Propaganda is self defeating. Stark honesty is more powerful against the same enemy.
  • ayo late (02/12/2015, 08:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This NHI is now law and in effect.
  • Hmmm (02/12/2015, 08:50) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    looks like they going wait you out. them is some really stink people
  • wize up (02/12/2015, 09:00) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Wheatley, only a fool breaks his-own-heart: big man, you can't stop the sun from shining!!! wheel and come again(NHI is your political platform come 2019)

    • @ wize up (02/12/2015, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Tell me which PEP candidates have that capability?
    • @ wize up (02/12/2015, 10:19) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      You apparently cannot recognize the near completely failed policices of the Smith administration.
    • NORTHSOUNDER (02/12/2015, 11:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      DR . HANNIBAL WAS THE ONLY ONE DURING THE RECENT ELECTIONS WARNING THE PEOPLE BUT NHI. AND MADE SOME GOOD SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW IT COULD BE DONE AND TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF THE PEOPLE.
  • Hog Plum (02/12/2015, 09:14) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to young Natalio for sticking to this!
  • now (02/12/2015, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Honestly what did these people think? That VIP or NDP were going to create a Utopian state?
  • Boo (02/12/2015, 10:41) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lol Sowonde. They not studying you. Like a lamb bleating in the wind.

    How can I say this best for you to understand "Done Deal"
  • True (02/12/2015, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    For someone who wanted to be an elected official he has no clue how the government works. This NHI was passed into law i April its way too late now for viable different financial structure
    • Wake Up! (02/12/2015, 14:14) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Have you ever heard of an Amendment to the law? It is routine and occurs several time in some instances.
  • lmao (02/12/2015, 13:33) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    He doesnt realize like Edmund, no body listening to you young man.
    Government stop listening to people a long time ago.

    I look like he like beating dead horses. There is no one to listed to you all.
  • voter (02/12/2015, 19:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    the time has come for the BVI to shake itself from the NDP/VIP regime...GET BETTER, BVI!!!
  • VG 1 (02/12/2015, 21:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welcome to Cuba everyone.... and NHI is properly pronounced NHT meaning National Health Tax
  • rat race (03/12/2015, 18:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A bunch of spineless career politicians looking out for themselves rather than the country. It's time to introduce term limits.


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