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The Healthcare System in Jamaica
A look at the healthcare system in Jamaica.
# 151669 | 3,076 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 27, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper presents an analysis of the Jamaican healthcare system in light of the nation as whole. This includes a consideration of the poverty in the country, the high crime rate and various health issues such as AIDS/HIV. Various statistics are given to give some background information about Jamaica. Then, the paper applies the Roemer Model to its health services system. Using this approach, certain challenges within the system are identified, such as the burden of AIDS/HIV and the nursing shortage. Additionally, the model enables predictions to be made about the future of the health care system. Finally, the paper makes a lengthy comparison of Jamaica's healthcare system to that of the US. The paper concludes by stating that the Jamaican health care system has a number of different challenges that it is wrestling with, the two most notable being a lack of funding and corruption.


Jamaica's Demographic Information and Current Political Situation
Current Health Status and a Brief History of Jamaica's Health System Development
Application of the Roemer Model to Jamaica's Health Services System
Health Status Predictions for Jamaica
Comparison of Jamaica's Health System with United States' Health Services System and Ideas for Reforming Either Setting

From the Paper:

"Politically, Jamaica is wrestling with a number of different issues that have a direct effect on spending for health care services, the most notable would include: a high debt service burden and a growing crime problem. According the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Jamaica is currently being crippled by a fiscal debt burden that is nearly 130% of the debt to GDP ratio. This means, that nearly every dollar that is received by the government is spent paying the interest on this debt. This is because the government engaged in a number of different social policies that caused some of the countries largest employers to leave such as Alcoa to leave, during the 1980's. Then during the 1990's there was a financial crisis, where the government increased its overall spending dramatically on bailing out the financial sector. This was followed by a period of stagnate growth into the early to mid 2000's. At which point, the global recession came and the country experienced a -4% GDP growth in 2009. ("Jamaica," 2010) Combine this with the fact, that the economy is largely dependent upon the tourism sector, with this accounting for nearly 60% of the total GDP of Jamaica."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jamaica. (2010). Retrieved February 13, 2010 from, WHO website:
  • Jamaica. (2009, June 2). Retrieved February 13, 2010 from, USAID website:
  • Jamaica. (2010, January 15). Retrieved February 13, 2010 from, CIA website:
  • Jamaica Crime Stats. (2010). Retrieved February 13, 2010, from, Nation Master website:
  • Jamaica Crime and Tourism. (2009, May 24). Retrieved February 13, 2010 from, Jamaican Caves website:

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