The Bermuda Health Strategy sets out the Ministry of Health and Seniors’ vision for reform of the Island’s entire health system.
The Strategy, which has a goal to deliver affordable and sustainable healthcare for all of Bermuda’s residents, is founded on three core values:
- Quality: the right care at the right time, in the right setting at the right price
- Equity: equal access to basic healthcare
- Sustainability: affordable spending levels, financed by the most cost-effective mechanisms
To achieve these core values, the Strategy has identified 14 health sector goals.
- Increase access to basic health insurance
- Encourage and expand the use of outpatient facilities
- Ensure health coverage contributions become affordable, to increase access to healthcare
- Streamline use of overseas care
- Develop mechanisms to pay healthcare providers to contain costs and improve health outcomes
- Introduce an electronic health information system
- Implement strategies to meet the long-term healthcare needs of seniors and persons with physical, cognitive or mental disabilities
- Ensure clinical care meets best practice models
- Reduce the complexity of the health system funding
- Update health and insurance regulation to reflect current technologies and pricing and use of services
- Encourage healthy lifestyles through involving health professionals and organizations
- Partner with physicians and the broader healthcare community to achieve health reform goals and improve the coordination of healthcare delivery
- Increase the access to interventions to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases and their risk factors
- Ensure Government funding for vulnerable populations is protected and directed to most needy.
The Strategy will be supported by Action Plans detailing specific initiatives to achieve the Strategy goals. The Bermuda Health Council will coordinate the implementation of the Bermuda Health Action Plan, and the Ministry will report on progress to the public at least twice a year.
Bermuda Health Action Plan 2014-2019
The Bermuda Health Action Plan lays out implementation objectives and timelines specific actions in order to achieve the vision of the Bermuda Health Strategy 2014-2019: Priorities for Bermuda’s Health System Reform.
The Action Plan focuses on preventing chronic, non-communicable diseases, developing health professionals’ scope and health system strengthening. It prioritizes five chronic non-communicable conditions: asthma, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.