As many Jamaicans continue to shun healthy lifestyle practices, chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions and poor circulation issues, continue to consume a large share of National Health Fund (NHF) expenditure in subsidising medication for such patients.

The NHF is a State entity which manages the Pharmaceutical and Medical Sundries Warehouse and public sector Drug Serv pharmacies on the island.

According to the NHF, the cost of pharmacy delivery in the public sector has steadily increased in the last decade from $2.9 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal year to just over $9.4 billion in 2020-21.,%28NHF%29%20expenditure%20in%20subsidising%20medication%20for%20such%20patients.,%28NHF%29%20expenditure%20in%20subsidising%20medication%20for%20such%20patients.