Register elderly for medical health insurance


August 22, 2016

With life expectancy on a steady rise, health care for the elderly is becoming increasingly important to enhance quality of life. The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is fulfilling its mandate to promote healthy ageing and wellness in partnership with Sagicor Life Jamaica.

CCRP is the holder of a specially created major medical group health insurance plan for people 50 and over.

There are 396 CCRP members currently enrolled on the plan, which expires October 31 with the renewal period open in November. Dorett Linton, CCRP's acting CEO, is encouraging young professionals to register elderly parents, family, and loved ones to the major medical health insurance plan.

"Taking care of the ageing population is at the heart of CCRP. We are encouraging young persons to sign up their parents, grandparents, and other loved ones for the plan. While it is very affordable, there are some who cannot make the stretch as most are pensioners, but they stand to benefit greatly from the plan. You never know when illness or an accident can strike and the families often bear the brunt of the expenses; it is best to be prepared," she noted.

The Sagicor-CCRP major medical plan has no upper age limit and covers Laboratory and X-Ray Services, Diagnostic Services, Hospitalisation Services, and Surgical Benefits as well as Overseas Emergency Benefits up to J$5 million. There is a six-month waiting period before subscribers become eligible to access claims. The plan is ongoing and open to all CCRP members.

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