The Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) launched the Public Private Partnership for Non-Communicable Diseases (PPP4NCDs) in November 2020.
The Government of Jamaica through the MOHW is pursuing the Public Private Partnership as an alternate arrangement for the expansion of health services, recognizing the significant resource constraints in the public health system and in response to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. This initiative seeks to maintain essential primary care services for clients with diabetes (DM) and/or hypertension (HTN), enabling them to access routine care through private physicians in their community and release the resources of the health centres to focus on the growing critical cases and the pandemic response. The initiative is being executed with the support of the National Health Fund (NHF), an agency of the MOHW.
Programme Goal – to maintain essential primary care services for clients with diabetes and hypertension accessing routine care through public health centres
The purpose of the PPP4NCDs is to:
- address the increased burden on the health system
- maintain routine clinical management of clients with diabetes and hypertension
Benefits of the programme are quite diverse and covers not only expanding the services of the public health services but also to public clients and private doctors.
For Public Clients participating in the programme, benefits include:
- ability to choose your private doctors
- shorter wait time for health visits
- free access to private doctors and services (including prescription medication)
- easier access to private care closer to home
For Private Doctors participating in the programme, benefits include:
- partnership with the MOHW and NHF
- provide Diabetes and Hypertension services to the wider community
- ongoing training and capacity building in Diabetes & Hypertension management
- increase in client volume by up to 6 visits per year per client
Eligibility criteria for Clients to enroll in the programme include:
- known diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
- known diagnosis of Essential Hypertension (HTN)
- DM and HTN controlled at last 2 visits
- registered with the National Health Fund (NHF)
- accesses routine care at participating health centres
The final determination for client eligibility is made by the doctors in the public health system.
For further information:
- Contact your local health department or participating health centre
- Contact the MOHW at:
You may also contact the NHF about their Individual Benefits Programme at https://www.nhf.org.jm/the-nhf-card
Download the NHF beneficiary application form at https://www.nhf.org.jm/images/forms/New_NHF_Application_Form.pdf