PM touts the benefits of ‘practically free health care in Antigua and Barbuda


Antigua and Barbuda is one of the best places to live right now, especially for people in need of health care during the COVID-19  pandemic.

It’s something Prime Minister Gaston Browne is hoping residents will come to appreciate.

“Let us not forget, here in Antigua and Barbuda, unlike other countries, for about 11 different ailments, people don’t pay for medicines. You have to say they get them for free,” the Prime Minister said on Pointe FM’s Browne and Browne Show.

“If they want to say they pay a tax to medical benefits I understand, but there’s no additional cost at this point. Even if someone is unemployed right now and he or she needs medicines for hypertension, for diabetes or for high cholesterol and other ailments, they get their medicines for free.”

The Prime Minister said in Antigua and Barbuda, even if someone is presently unemployed or becomes unemployed, they don’t have to find money to buy medicines for these ailments.

“At Mount St John’s, our people get treated for free,” Browne stressed.

“So, health care in Antigua and Barbuda is practically free, which means that our people are not as vulnerable as in other countries even in the Caribbean where they have to go and pay for health care and they have to pay for medicines.

“As I have said, what we really need to do is to make sure people eat during this period, and the last thing we want is to give them cash and people go and spend the money to do their nails rather than feeding their children. At least we know when we give them food that they will take care of themselves and their children,” Browne added.

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    • The term is “practically” free. Yes you pay a nominal fee, but its really nothing. The user fees at MSJ are nominal

  1. Yes, this is true. The Jamaicans and Dominican R’s come to Antigua and get free healthcare from us. It’s very nice that Antigua citizens are having to compete with Jamaicans an DR’s for medical care in our own country. I was born in Antigua, and my parents were as well. I really like our PM, but I wish he could do a better job of prioritizing Antigua citizens above all the others.

    The only new immigrants in Antigua that I like are the Citizenship-by-Investment ones, at least they are usually rich and educated. Actually, I have many Antigua CIP citizens and they are all pretty cool because they think globally.

    Well, they are surely much better than the riff-raff from Jamaica coming in and those others from other Carribean islands that play loud music all day. Big fake gold chains, smoking, tats, yelling, screaming, etc. – the list goes on…and..on….and…..on…and on….and on….

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