New rules in Seychelles improve transparency, speed for overseas health care cases

Legislation to fast-track decisions on who is eligible for government-funded treatment in other countries is now in force after the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, signed the Overseas Treatment Act, said State House on Monday.

According to the Minister of Health, Jean-Paul Adam, the new legislation highlights the way in which any citizen of Seychelles can have access to overseas treatment.

“It outlines the procedures which the specialists within the Seychelles hospital can refer somebody for overseas treatment and it also speaks of the rights of the citizen in relation to accessing that treatment,” said Adam in his address at the ceremony at State House.

Adam added that although more and more specialised treatment is being done locally there remains certain procedures by specialists that are not available in Seychelles. It is for that reason that the Ministry of Health is continuing to support a programme of sending patients overseas when necessary.

Source: Seychelles News Agency