MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has challenged insurance companies to formulate a comprehensive health plan for the more than one million tourism workers across the region.

Speaking at the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) Hall of Fame Induction for Maxim Marquez at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa on Sunday night, Bartlett told participants from the 15 nations that Jamaica’s Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme (TWPS) could serve as a template for the proposed health scheme for workers across the region.

“We are the only country in the world that has a comprehensive workers’ pension plan for tourism workers but we need a comprehensive health plan for the workers in the industry. And so, that’s my second challenge to you — to craft an instrument that will enable a health security insurance arrangement for the workers of