Employment & The Labour Act (Part 2): Health Insurance & Pension – 13 October 2022
This course is part of the Chamber Training Centre (CTC) Legal Assist category.
This four-hour course will offer insight into Health Insurance basics. As health insurance is a major expense of business, understanding the basics can help to minimise the impact on a business’ bottom-line. This course will cover compulsory insurance, health insurance contracts, contributions and termination of employment and penalties for non-compliance.
Nicolas (Nick) Joseph and Hilary Brooks
Nicolas (Nick) deals primarily with the provision of advice in relation to a broad range of regulatory matters including the provision of advice in respect of immigration and employment issues with an emphasis on relocation advice.
Nick was a partner for almost ten years at a major offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands before joining HSM in early 2013. In his prior role he headed and formed the firm’s Cayman Islands Business Team. Nick has extensive experience providing guidance and assistance to a wide range of businesses established and operating in the Cayman Islands. He has served as a past member of the Government’s Investors in People Committee and the Financial Services Sub-Committee on immigration. He has also sat as Technical Advisor to the Immigration Review Team and as a member of the Local Companies Control Law Reform Committee. He also served as the Deputy Chairman of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee. He was a former Council Member, Treasurer and Secretary of the Caymanian Bar Association for multiple terms.
Hilary Brooks is an Associate at HSM and has been employed with the firm since 2016. Hilary handles employment related matters and also practices in the areas of property and finance.
Hilary studied Law at the University of Liverpool, graduating with honours in 2009. She then undertook the Professional Practice Course at the Cayman Islands Law School in 2010, where she achieved a commendation. She was called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2012. Hilary has been a Notary Public in the Cayman Islands since 2008.
Cancellations must be received in writing 72 hours prior to the course in order to obtain a refund. No shows will be charged the full amount.
Parking is available in any VISITOR designated parking space.
- Oct 13 2022
- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- $300/ $375
- Unit 4-107, Governors Square 23 Lime Tree Bay Avenue, West Bay
- Unit 4-107, Governors Square 23 Lime Tree Bay Avenue, West Bay
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The Cayman Islands is now under a Hurricane Watch.The force winds of the storm is expected to start on Grand Cayman on Sunday night at 9pm and on the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman at 11pm. To read full Chamber Storm Watch newsletter visit: https://conta.cc/3BD73GR
The Government of the Cayman Islands has issued a Hurricane Alert for the Cayman Islands. A hurricane alert means that the Cayman Islands could begin experiencing tropical storm/hurricane conditions within the next 72hours. At 10am, the centre of Tropical Depression 9 was located near latitude 14.2 ° north and longitude 70.1° west. This puts it at 825 miles east-south-east of the Cayman Islands. The system is moving west northwest at near 14 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour. “The Cayman Islands Government has issued a Hurricane Alert based on the likelihood of rapid intensification of Tropical Depression Nine,” said Mr. Panton. “I encourage the Cayman Islands public to finalise your emergency plans and gather all necessary supplies as soon as possible. Plan to stay off of the roads from Sunday afternoon as weather conditions start to deteriorate.” During this phase of threat, the public is advised to do the following: Check emergency supplies and items for securing your home. Stock up on essential items and non-perishables Assess your home and make necessary repairs to roofs, etc. Remove overhanging limbs and fruit from trees. Decide whether you need to stay with friends or relatives or go to a shelter. Find out which shelter is closest to you and decide how you will get there if you need to. Persons with severe medical conditions should contact their physician to determine best course of action. Check that your generator is in good working order, and ensure you have oil and extra gasoline Make arrangements for your pets in case you have to go to a shelter. Fill vehicles with gasoline and, if necessary, withdraw some cash from the bank. Secure all construction sites and materials Boat owners are encouraged to be proactive, and heed storm warnings, avoid the water and coastal waterways and start making preparations Stay informed and be prepared by visiting www.caymanprepared.gov.ky and www.gov.ky or tune in to Radio Cayman 89.9FM. Issued by: Cayman Islands Government (CIG)
Chamber President Elect and owner of the Cayman Spirits Company, Nelson Dilbert, believes in inclusion. “There are people in our society who may have different mental and/or physical abilities. It’s nice to see that we are able to offer a position in our company which can accommodate the skills that they have” he said. For two days each week, Matthew, a client of Sunrise Adult Training Centre works at the company, helps with the “Seven Fathoms Rum and Cola” production line. He helps to fill bottles for one of the most popular Cayman Spirits’ product. Mr. Dilbert first got in touch with Inclusion Cayman at a Rotary Club fundraising barbeque in support of Sunrise Training Centre. Inclusion Cayman is a local non-profit that is passionate about getting businesses like Mr. Nelson’s to include people with disabilities in the business community. “Suzette Stewart, Sunrise’s Vocational Programme Coordinator, reached out and asked if any of the companies present could help provide jobs for their clients.” Mr. Dilbert was happy to offer a position in his business and pleased to help. Mr. Dilbert is quick to point out that it is really a win-win situation. “We are enjoying having Matthew here working for us as much as he enjoys being here,” he said. Matthew is very good at concentrating on small details; making sure everything is exactly right, before he passes his finished work on to a coworker. Although he is really excellent at what he does, Mr. Dilbert plans to place Matthew in different positions within the company, developing his skills and growing his confidence. Mathew can be found greeting tour guests with tons of handshakes and smiles. “Mathew is proving to be a real asset to Cayman Spirits team,” Mr. Dilbert said. To learn more about Inclusion Cayman, attend our free Lunch & Learn session on 20 September 2022. To sign up (click here) Photo (L-R): Nelson Dilbert, owner of the Cayman Spirits Company, with Matthew, Inclusion Cayman client
Saturday, 17 – Sunday, 18 Sept: National Weekend of Prayer Churches will deliver special (provided) prayers ahead of the state funeral. To see participating congregations, visit: https://bit.ly/weekendofprayer Monday, 19 Sept 5AM: State Funeral Public Viewings The people of the Cayman Islands are invited to join others around the world by viewing the state funeral at home or at one of the following designated locations: Wesleyan Holiness Church in West Bay First Baptist Church in George Town Cayman Islands Baptist Church in Savannah Aston Rutty Centre in Cayman Brac Command Centre in Little Cayman Official Condolence Books will be available for the public to sign at all locations. Church doors will open at 4:30am ahead of 5am local start time. Monday, Sept 19 8AM – 3PM: Radio Cayman Special: Reflection on the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Tune in to Radio Cayman (89.9FM) on Monday, 19 September from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for a Reflection on the Life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A live discussion from 10:00 am – 11:00 am will also be streamed on the Cayman Islands YouTube channel and Facebook page. The public will be able to call in to share their stories and treasured memories at this time. See full programme here: Cayman Islands Government (time.ly) Monday 19, Sept 12:30pm – 12:32pm, National Moment of Silence The Cayman Islands will observe National Silence for two minutes on following the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Cayman Islands Government invited radio stations across the Cayman Islands to observe two minutes of silence as a mark of respect for the late Monarch at 12:30pm on Monday, 19 September – the day of her state funeral in London. Over fifteen radio stations have agreed to silence their airwaves. The people of and visitors to the Cayman Islands are encouraged to join in the National Silence on Monday, 19 September at 12:30pm. Whether at alone at home or with family and friends, on their doorsteps, at a public gathering, or at a local hospitality venue, everyone is asked to pause and, if possible, stand at attention for two minutes as we mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of our late Queen Elizabeth II who served on the throne for over 70 years. Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that are operating on the public holiday Monday, 19 September are encouraged to pause operations (turn off ambient music, stop serving food/alcohol, and have wait staff and guests pause) to honour Her Late Majesty. “Local businesses are saddened by the loss of the Queen and realize she was a true leader who selflessly served the people every day of her life. Most people in Cayman fondly remember the visit of then Prince Charles to the Cayman Islands in 2019 and will continue to show support during this national time of mourning”, Jay Ehrhart, Executive Director, Cayman Islands Tourism Association ”The Chamber of Commerce encourages its members and the wider community to observe two minutes of National Silence as a matter of respect and remembrance to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 19th September from 12:30 to 12:32 p.m. Many Caymanians and residents share fond memories of her visits and her loyal and dedicated service. Let’s join the world in silent reflection as we cherish the memories of our late Beloved Queen,” Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, Wil Pineau, Cert. Hon. CCE. The United Kingdom and Overseas Territories are also observing National Silence in tribute to Her Late Majesty. To see list of participating radio stations visit: https://bit.ly/twominutesofsilence Monday, 19 Sept 5AM: CIGTV Airs State Funeral Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, which will start at 5AM local time on Monday, September 19 will be aired live on CIGTV. The service will take place at Westminster Abbey, in the heart of London. There has not been a funeral for a monarch there since the 18th century. CIGTV channels by carrier are: Logic channel 23 Flow channel 106 C3 channel 3 For more information on events and updates visit: https://www.gov.ky/queen-elizabeth-ii/events Issued by: Cayman Islands Government (CIG)
The Chamber of Commerce encourages its members and the wider community to observe two minutes of National Silence as a matter of respect and remembrance to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 19 September from 12:30 to 12:32 p.m. Many Caymanians and residents share fond memories of her visits and her loyal and dedicated service. Let’s join the world in silent reflection as we cherish the memories of our late Beloved Queen. The Cayman Islands will observe National Silence for two minutes on Monday, 19 September from 12:30pm to 12:32pm. Following the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Cayman Islands Government invited radio stations across the Cayman Islands to observe two minutes of silence as a mark of respect for the late Monarch at 12:30pm on Monday, 19 September – the day of her state funeral in the United Kingdom. Over fifteen radio stations have agreed to silence their airwaves. The people of and visitors to the Cayman Islands are encouraged to join in the National Silence on Monday, 19 September at 12:30pm. Whether at alone at home or with family and friends, on their doorsteps, at a public gathering, or at a local hospitality venue, everyone is asked to pause and, if possible, stand at attention for two minutes as we mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of our late Queen Elizabeth II who served on the throne for over 70 years. Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that are operating on the public holiday Monday, 19 September are encouraged to pause operations (turn off ambient music, stop serving food/alcohol, and have wait staff and guests pause) to honour Her Late Majesty. The United Kingdom and Overseas Territories are also observing National Silence in tribute to Her Late Majesty.
Monday, 19 September, 2022, has been declared a public holiday in honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II State Funeral. In accordance with Section 16 of the Labour Act (2021 Revision), Employers and Employees are reminded of the following – — Employees who are not required to work on a public holiday, must be paid the basic wage they would have normally received for working on that day, had it not been a public holiday; provided they work their SCHEDULED work day immediately before and after the public holiday; — Employees who are required to work on a public holiday must be paid double their normal rate of pay for hours ACTUALLY worked. Where that person works less than the full day that person shall, in addition, be paid at the normal rate for any hours by which the time actually worked falls short of that person’s normal working day. — Public holidays do not affect an employee’s vacation entitlement for the year. Earned vacation leave shall be above and beyond and shall not include any public holiday leave as provided for by section 16 of the Labour Act (2021 Revision). If employers or employees have additional queries please contact the Department of Labour & Pensions at email@example.com or call 945-8960. Issued by: Department of Labour & Pensions (CIG)
Dart recently announced new and enhanced employee leave benefits, which support families and provide flexibility in how paid time off is used. Pre-pandemic internal research highlighted benefits that employees hoped to see added to Dart’s already extensive benefits package, while post-pandemic realities made family, flexibility, and time off more important than ever. Dart’s benefits team proposed new and enhanced benefits which, along with the existing benefits package including life insurance and the more recently added long-term disability for all employees, represents a deliberate and meaningful focus on people. “We understand the growing importance of paid family leave and of supporting a multigenerational workforce,” commented Anya Edun, VP People and Culture. The new offering enhances existing paid-time benefits and adds new time off options which can be taken independently or added to other paid leave benefits to extend them. NEW: Five personal days, providing maximum flexibility, which can be taken for any reason. Personal days may be added to vacation, or other paid leave options, providing greater flexibility in planning longer periods of time off if desired. ENHANCED: Paternity leave has been a part of Dart’s benefit package for some time. Understanding the importance of this family time, Dart is adding five paid days to the current benefit, making it 10 days paid, with the option of adding five paid personal days and any unused vacation and unpaid leave. ENHANCED: Dart continues to provide strong maternity leave benefits with new mothers receiving three months’ leave with full pay and may choose to add a combination of other paid leave options – adding up to potentially another month and a half at full pay. In addition to paid leave, mothers may add unpaid days for up to six months at home with their newborn baby, with all relevant employee benefits fully paid by the company (i.e., 100% health insurance premiums for the mother, life Insurance, long term disability etc.) NEW: Dart continues to lead the local market in its commitment and investment in the health and well-being of its employees and now offers one paid day off a year for employees to complete preventative medical and health screenings. This day adds to the existing wellness programme, 100% health insurance premiums paid for employees and a built-in preventative claim benefit. *Paternity and maternity leave benefits also apply to adoption leave. “We strive to offer our people a Total Rewards package that is comprehensive, flexible and competitive, which includes quantifiable benefits and an array of work-life programmes and policies, resulting in engaged, productive and motivated employees,” commented Leif Edwards-Best, benefits manager at Dart. Our people remain our most important investment and we are pleased to continue to provide a wide range of market-leading benefits in support of our employees’ holistic well-being. Issued by: Dart
The Cayman Islands Parliament held a special meeting to pay tribute to Her Late Majesty The Queen at the House of Parliament, on 12 September 2022. Although the session is not a requirement of any Overseas Territories during the period of National Mourning, the meeting was called by the Speaker, Hon Dr. McKeeva Bush, JP who felt compelled to honour Her Late Majesty along with fellow Parliamentarians. The public was invited to attend as Queen Elizabeth II had been a symbol of constancy in the lives of Caymanians for the last seven decades. The Speaker opened with a heartfelt address to the large somber crowd saying, “We have all seen over the past days that her passing has caused great gloom to many who have known or met her. The grief is unbelievable, unbearable at this time but her passing also brings extraordinary solidarity across nations and we feel collectively a sense of loss and deep sadness. It is at this juncture that we more fully value what she represented and stood for. She has left a remarkable spirit of reconciliation and harmony that at this time is felt with particular poignancy.” The touching tribute was then followed by a number of passionate and touching homages including (and respectively) His Excellency the Governor Martyn Roper, and the Premier Hon G Wayne Panton, who also thoughtfully imparted words on behalf of the entire Cayman Islands; recorded for posterity. Tributes to the Late Queen and well wishes for His Majesty King Charles III continued on by the Leader of the Opposition Hon Roy McTaggart, Deputy Premier Hon Chris Saunders, Minister for Tourism and Transport Hon Kenneth Bryan, as well as the Opposition Member Sir Alden McLaughlin. The session was soon filled with more heartfelt condolences by the Minister for Youth Sports Culture and Heritage, Hon Bernie Bush, Minister for Planning Agriculture Housing and Infrastructure Hon Jay Ebanks, Minister for Education and District Administration Hon Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Parliamentary Secretary Isaac Rankine, Minister for Health and Wellness and Home Affairs, Hon Sabrina Turner, Opposition Member Barbara Conolly as well as Hon Katherine Ebanks Wilks, Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Secretary. Concluding the special meeting were tributes by Parliamentary Secretary Heather Bodden, Minister for Financial Services and Commerce and Investment Innovation and Social Development Hon Andre Ebanks, Parliamentary Secretary Dwayne Seymour, as well as Deputy Governor Hon Franz Manderson and Attorney General Hon Samuel Bulgin. The special meeting can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnnGnflqa40 In attendance were regional dignitaries including Hon. Haydn Hughes, Minister of Infrastructure, Communications, Utilities, Housing & Tourism – Anguilla, Hon. Charles “Max” Fernandez, Minister of Tourism & Investment – Antigua, Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism & International Transport – Barbados, Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations – Belize, Hon. Abner Perez, Minister of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation – Belize, Hon. Ruisandro Cijntje, Minister of Economic Development – Curacao, Hon. Denise Charles, Minister of Tourism, International Transport & Maritime Initiatives – Dominica, Hon. Lennox Andrews, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Tourism, ICT, Creative Economy, Agriculture and Lands, Fisheries & Cooperatives – Grenada, Mr. Alexandre Ventadour Deputy Commissioner for the Martinique Tourism Authority – Martinique, Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture & Information – Saint Lucia, Councillor Tashia Burris, Secretary of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities & Transportation – Tobago and Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism – Turks & Caicos. Also there, Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon – President, Caribbean Development Bank. Also in attendance were former Members of Parliament and a number of Chief Officers along with members of the Cayman Islands’ public. There are a number of public events during the National Mourning Period which runs from Thursday, 8 September 2022 through Tuesday, 20 September. Through these various events, the community will join others around the world in remembering Her Late Majesty’s great legacy. Here are the highlights of what’s planned so far for the Cayman Islands’ National Mourning Period: Flowers and Condolences 9 Sept – 19 Sept Government Administration Building and Clock Tower Illuminated in Blue 9 Sept – 19 Sept Royal Salute 9 Sept Watch highlights here: https://youtu.be/qNARN5282nw Ship Blasts 10 Sept – 19 Sept Reading of the Proclamation 11 Sept Watch highlights here: https://youtu.be/R2fT6QEFX0E Two Minutes of Silence in Courts 12 Sept Special Meeting of Parliament 12 Sept Heroes Square Fountain Turns Off 13 Sept – 19 Sept Church Bells Toll 14 Sept National Day of Prayer 18 Sept State Funeral Public Viewings 19 Sept Silence on the Airwaves 19 September For more information on events and updates visit: https://www.gov.ky/queen-elizabeth-ii/events Issued by: Cayman Islands Government (CIG)
Since the tragic incident at Parker’s Raceway in Breakers on 27 August 2022, and given the subsequent questions that have been asked by our community, the Ministry of Health & Wellness has been working diligently to gather accurate and relevant information to be shared with the public. Here are our findings: While the word “emergency” is understood to mean a serious, unexpected, and at times life threatening situation, which can cover a range of physical and mental health ailments, the provision of “emergency services” speaks to a standard- made up of a specific set of services and complements- that a health care facility must meet in order to be approved to deliver. The Health Practice Commission, established under the Health Practice Act (2021 Revision), is tasked with, among other things, “the certification and inspection of health care facilities” (section 3.1(d)). The members of the Health Practice Commission are appointed by Cabinet and consist of the Chairpersons of the four health practice councils (Medical and Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Pharmacy Council, and Council for Professions Allied with Medicine- all of whom are professionals in their respective fields), as well as one assignee each of the Attorney General’s Chambers and Director of Planning, two representatives from health care facilities, and the registrar. Each Council is tasked with the registration and licensing of practitioners within each group of professions. The Department of Health Regulatory Services (DHRS) supports the Health Practice Commission in its role as a regulatory body. As part of the certification process, DHRS receives applications from health care providers and uses those applications as the basis for its inspections based on the services the facility itself states it is able to provide. The DHRS inspector is deployed to the facilities at the time of recertification (one to three years) to ensure that the facilities meet the standards for each of the services it states on its application it is able to provide. Standards are set for a range of services individually, from radiology and oncology all the way through to emergency services. Based on the outcome of the inspection, DHRS inspectors will make a recommendation to the Health Practice Commission to approve or deny the individual services listed on the application by the health facility. The Health Practice Commission makes the final decision in line with stipulated health practice standards. In order to provide emergency services, a health care facility must not only meet the physical requirements for emergency facilities- ambulance bay, designated area with emergency beds, specialised equipment, etc- but they must also have the complements of experts, supporting staff, and supporting services (such as ambulances and trained EMTs and paramedics) that collectively determine the capacity and ability to deliver said emergency services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Ambulances are registered directly to a health care facility, and as such are also subject to the licensing standards in terms of trained staff, equipment and maintenance under that facility’s application to DHRS. These health care facilities assume the cost associated with ambulance services (staffing, training, maintenance, fuel, etc). While there are other medical transportation services in Grand Cayman that can move patients to and from facilities, these are not licensed to provide the same level of service as the registered emergency services ambulances. The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) is the only facility that has registered ambulances with the appropriately trained staff. 911 Emergency Services Dispatchers provide holistic coordination of emergency response, activating relevant agencies such as Law Enforcement, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) based on the nature of the emergency. The EMS ambulance, registered under the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), is the only entity that meets the licensing standards with approval to respond to medical emergencies and authorised to be dispatched by the 911 Centre. The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) is the only health-care facility with licensed emergency vehicles equipped for response services, and as a result is currently the only deployment location in the event of a medical emergency. Staffing requirements for approval as an emergency services facility include, but are not limited to, two key components: personnel qualification and coverage. In order for a facility to be able to provide emergency services, medical personnel are required to have both specific qualifications as well as a minimum number of years of practice to ensure that they have both the knowledge and the experience necessary to deal with complex emergency cases. Furthermore, emergency services providers must ensure that staff qualified to provide emergency services are not only on-call, but physically present at the health care facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) is the only facility that meets the staffing requirements to be able to offer emergency services. The Medical and Dental Council List of Licensed Practitioners at 9 September 2022 lists 16 medical doctors with a specialty of “emergency physician” or “emergency medicine”. Of those 16, 13 are located at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), and the remaining three (3) are located at three (3) separate private sector health facilities. The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) is the only facility on island that has met the standard as established by the Health Practice Commission to provide emergency services in the Cayman Islands. As such, it is the only facility that has been authorised by the Health Practice Commission to provide emergency services within the territory. Lastly, trauma- in particular severe trauma as a result of a motor vehicle accident- is a special circumstance that is the domain of 911 Emergency Services. Severe trauma is a specific type of emergency that can best be handled by a facility that is equipped and prepared for these types of emergencies. To date, the Health Practice Commission has not received any application from any private local facility to provide services for cases of severe trauma, and as such the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) remains the epicentre of Read more…
The Health Services Authority (HSA) is improving access to sustainable, high quality primary health care for more people across the Cayman Islands by expanding the CayHealth Programme. CayHealth, serves the most vulnerable persons in the community through a specialized benefit medical insurance. This expansion now includes all recipients identified as being eligible to receive such healthcare benefits. With the cost of healthcare and high-risk health care conditions common in this group, it is paramount that efficient, timely and cost-effective care is the foundation of the CayHealth programme. As such, improving clinical outcomes by improving access to care and wellbeing, is the hallmark of the CayHealth programme. The CayHealth programme is designed to ensure continuity of care by pairing individuals with an assigned general practitioner as their primary physician going forward. This provides the patient consistency in care when seeing their primary physician. Persons within the programme can access care at the district health centre in which they reside and will be assisted with any referrals they may need for specialist care. “Selecting a district health centre and a preferred general practitioner will facilitate more personalized care,” Director of Primary Health Care and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said. “Having a personal physician who knows your complete medical history will provide consistency of care.” He added, “All recipients receiving specialized benefit medical insurance will receive personal correspondence from the HSA advising of the assigned physician assignment to a primary care physician (PCP) and further details on the programme; this process has already begun”. Clients residing in the Sister Islands will access care from any of the physicians at the Faith Hospital and assignment of a preferred general practitioner will be decided based on the physician from whom medical care is usually received. -END- Frequently Asked Questions What is CayHealth? A joint health initiative of the Ministry of Health and Wellness in the Cayman Islands and the Health Services Authority. A programme designed to provide access to a general practitioner who will be your primary care physician. Your primary care physician will team with you to improve your access to healthcare and coordinate any referrals you may need for added care. Who is eligible for this programme? The programme is offered to clients who are eligible for the specialized benefit medical insurance programme, provided they meet all the criteria. This group will have elite access to the now expanded CayHealth programme for specialized benefits medical insurance. Will CayHealth change my current medical benefits? CayHealth will not reduce your health benefits in any way. In fact, the programme will improve access to quality care. How will CayHealth change the way I get my medical care? Through CayHealth you will have access to your primary care physician in your district. Your primary care physician will monitor your health and healthcare needs and provide more personalized care. CayHealth will give patients the chance to participate in health education programmes, such as diabetes education so they can take charge of their health. Your primary care physician will determine whether your medical condition requires consultations with a specialist and will refer you accordingly. The specialist physician will consult with your primary care physician (your personal physician) on any follow-up care which may be necessary. How do I find my primary care physician? Staying with one physician means you will be able to build a strong relationship. This in turn allows your doctor to know and understand your healthcare needs better, ensuring that you receive the right care at the right time – securing better long–term health for you. Why is it best for me to stay with one physician? While we encourage you to stay with one physician, CayHealth is not meant to limit you to a single practitioner. Can I change my primary care physician? While we encourage you to stay with one physician, CayHealth is not meant to limit you to a single practitioner. All our physicians are qualified and skilled to provide you with quality health care, but if you want to change your primary care physician, you can discuss it with the nurse at the clinic or your doctor. How can I see my primary care physician? You can book an appointment at your district health centre General Practice Clinic (at Smith Road Medical Centre) – Tel #: 244-7520 West Bay Health Centre – Tel #: 949-3439 Bodden Town Health Centre – Tel #: 947-2299 East End Health Centre – Tel #: 947-7440 North Side Health Centre – Tel #: 947-9525 What if my primary care physician is not available? If your primary care physician is unavailable at any time, you will be helped by another This physician will have access to your medical records, treatment plans and medications prescribed. How can I see a physician when one is not available at my district health centre? When you need immediate medical attention, go to any other health centre where a physician is present. In the event of a medical emergency, go to our 24-hour Accident and Emergency Unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital or Faith Hospital. Do I have to use a primary care physician from the district health centre in my distrct? Primary care physicians are placed in the district heath centres to provide easier access to healthcare services. We therefore encourage you to seek medical care at the health centre in your district. However, if it is convenient for you to seek care at another health centre, you may do so in consultation with the nurse in charge of the clinic. The important thing is to continue care with the same physician as much as possible. What about accessing women’s health services? CayHealth does not apply to women’s health services, and you will continue to access these services as usual. Where can I access a primary care physician in George Town for CayHealth? At the George Town General Practice Clinic at the Read more…