The health sector of Trinidad and Tobago is founded on the principle of a free, universal coverage funded by the government and taxpayers. The FY 2019/20 budget assigned health care the third-highest allocation after education and national security. In addition to providing health care to a population of over 1.3m, much of this budget will go towards the construction of new hospitals and clinics. While the ageing population and chronic diseases becoming more prevalent pose challenges to health care…
Health & Education
From The Report: Trinidad & Tobago 2020
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Investment in the construction of several new health care facilities across the country and the upgrade of ageing infrastructure demonstrates that the public sector is on the right path. However, challenges persist as out-of-pocket spending remains high, partly due to elevated medicine costs. Moreover, greater funds will have to be invested in the training of medical professionals if locals are to fill staffing gaps. Public investment in the education system remains the highest of any sector, while student enrolment across universities and vocational institutions has increased significantly over the last decade. However, slow economic diversification and the oversaturation of certain university programmes have led to a mismatch between graduate skills and the availability of opportunities in the labour market. Focused government funding could encourage the uptake of subjects and the development of skills required in the contemporary labour market. This chapter contains an interview with Gillian Paul, President, College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago.