The National Health Fund (NHF) is reporting that more than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their NHF cards at pharmacies across the island last year.
NHF Chief Executive Officer, Everton Anderson, said 4.11 million claims were submitted in comparison to 4.1 million by a little more than 239,000 individuals in 2016.
The NHF spent just over $4.3 billion in subsidy payment for cardholders, which is slightly more than the $4.1 billion paid out in 2016.
Patients with hypertension had the highest number of claims followed by arthritis, vascular disease and high cholesterol.
Meanwhile, there was a five per cent increase in the number of persons enrolling for the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) last year compared to 2016.
During the year, there were several adjustments to the NHF and JADEP Drug Lists with changes in drug limits, label names and the addition of new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.