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JADEP – Strong Support For The Elderly (Source: The Gleaner)

With affordable medication being a necessity for many senior citizens in the country, the National Health Fund (NHF) is looking at how it can improve its Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) to meet the varying needs of beneficiaries.

Now in its 10th year, the administrators of the JADEP programme believe the review is a timely one and they are consulting with various stakeholders to see what improvements can be made.

Chief Executive Officer for the NHF Everton Anderson explained that about $4.4 billion has been budgeted for the NHF and JADEP programmes, which both benefit the elderly.

There are currently 282,899 persons enrolled under the JADEP, which allows those over 60 years old to get subsidised medication for the 10 illnesses covered. A beneficiary can pay as little as $40 for one drug to $240 for six or more drugs.

"Within another few months, we will be rolling out some major improvements to the JADEP programme and just to say that discussions have been held with various stakeholders to include beneficiaries, private pharmacies that have been very instrumental in offering the service to say how we can all collaborate to make this a better programme," said Anderson. READ MORE