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Divest various support services such as housekeeping, laundry services, ground & building maintenance, catering, as well as specialist services such as laboratory facilities, ultrasound, radiotherapy and the radiology unit.

In progress

Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.23 February 18, 2016

Tuesday May 7, 2019 | Jamaica Gleaner

The Government plans to roll out a multimillion-dollar spend to clear the backlog of public-sector patients languishing from the wait for diagnostic tests and non-emergency surgeries by outsourcing healthcare to private practitioners, free of charge to the public.

The proposed outsourcing of diagnostic testing and surgery, which The Gleaner understands has been approved by the Cabinet, will be underwritten by the Government, thus facilitating a faster throughput of patients to the operation room. Testing will include rudimentary procedures such as X-rays, colonoscopies and MRI scans, the latter costing tens of thousands of dollars, putting key pre-surgery assessment out of the reach of low-income Jamaicans.