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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The National Health Card is an initiative of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Health that will allow citizens and legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago to access state provided healthcare and prescription medication free of charge or at a reduced cost.
  • It strengthens the CDAP registration process as it pertains to identification, consistency and patient privacy which are all requirements of a National Health Information System.
  • It reinforces, secures and makes auditable all the processes of management, storage and distribution of drugs.
  • The National Health Card mitigates abuse of the system.
  • The National Health Card is not transferrable
  • It cannot be used by persons that are not eligible
  • It is not an upgrade to the MYTT Smart Card.
Any citizen or legal resident of Trinidad and Tobago is eligible for the National Health Card. i.e. persons who are in possession of a National Identification Card, Passport, Driver’s Permit, Certificate of Citizenship or Resident Certificate.
  • The National Health Card will help eligible individuals to meet the cost of their prescriptions for chronic illnesses.
  • It will assist pharmacists and healthcare providers to track the prescription history of each patient thus providing better management of drug dispensation.
The card works by automating prescription data of those who access the programme. This information is used to easily refill prescriptions and assists pharmacists with stock keeping records.
  • Persons can complete the application online by visiting www.healthcard.health.gov.tt Applicants will then receive communication from our registration centres to come in on an appointed date and time to complete the process.
N.B. In order to ensure quicker registration, persons are advised to register online.

The Ministry of Health is the national authority vested with the oversight of the entire health system in Trinidad and Tobago. The Ministry of Health is committed to providing first class healthcare to all citizens.

The Ministry of Health has successfully implemented significant improvements in the management and delivery of health services through several programmes and initiatives across Trinidad and Tobago.

The National Insurance Property Development company Limited (NIPDEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago. NIPDEC was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to oversee the implementation of the National Health Card based on their years of experience in project management, procurement management and facilities management. NIPDEC has overseen the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) since it began in 2002.

The National Health Card is a new, improved way for patients to access CDAP, HIV/AIDS and Oncology medication.

This will provide citizens and legal residents of Trinidad and Tobago with FREE prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical items free or at a reduced cost.

The following medical conditions are covered under the National Health Card:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Asthma
  3. Cardiac Diseases
  4. Arthritis
  5. Glaucoma
  6. Mental Depression
  7. High Blood Pressure
  8. Enlarged Prostate
  9. Epilepsy
  10. High Cholesterol
  11. Parkinson’s Disease
  12. Thyroid diseases
  13. HIV/AIDS
  14. Cancer

There are over 275 registered pharmacies in Trinidad and Tobago that offer drugs to CDAP patients.

Oncology and HIV/AIDS patients will access their drugs at their respective treatment centres as well as the 275 registered pharmacies.

You can click on the area where you live for a list of participating pharmacies near you.

Citizens:
  1. An original electronic birth certificate with one (1) copy (For citizens by birth)
  2. Two forms of valid identification with one (1) copy from this list: National ID/Driver’s Permit/Passport
  3. Two recent passport sized photos with a white background
  4. A completed application form.
Non Citizens or Residents:
  1. Certificate of Registration as a Resident of Trinidad and Tobago
  2. Passport
  3. Two recent passport sized photos with a white background
NB. Only permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago are entitled to a National HealthCard
  • Persons can complete the application online by visiting www.healthcard.health.gov.tt
  • Applicants will then receive communication from our registration centres to come in on appointed dates and times to complete the process. OR
  • Applicants can visit the nearest Health Card subscribed pharmacy where they can collect a registration package, fill it out, sign and then have the document signed by the pharmacist or his representative.
  • The sealed registration package should then be placed into the marked collection box which will be processed and the cards returned to the pharmacy within a two week period.
  • If you lose your National HealthCard, don’t worry! We will replace the first card free of charge!
    However, in the interest of the user and quality care, in the event that it is lost a second time, there will be a cost of $25.00, which will increase by a factor of 2 ($50, $100) with each card lost after. This is to encourage the responsible care of your new card and to prevent potential issues around security.
  • Report all lost cards by calling 800-WELL(9355) or emailing healthcard@health.gov.tt . You will be able to apply for a replacement card online or at any of the registered pharmacies.
Yes, but only in the case where a person is physically unable to come in for their appointment in person due to severe illness. The following documents will be required for a nominee to apply on someone else’s behalf:
  1. A letter of nomination
  2. All of the required documents for registration as outlined in the FAQ’s #3
  3. A signed copy of the applicant’s ID
  4. A valid form of identification of the person who is being authorized to register on behalf of the applicant.
No. Anyone that meets the eligibility criteria can apply. A guardian must apply for children under the age of 17 years. Access the application form HERE or pick a copy of the form up at any of the registered pharmacies.
Cancer care is available to all patients who are already accessing treatment via the Public Treatment Centres under the Ministry of Health. Non-nationals must pay for treatment. Please note that you must be seen by a Medical Social Worker and be referred by a doctor from a public health institution before you can access treatment for cancer. Please visit your local health centre or your doctor for more information. You must bring one form of national identification when you are referred for treatment.
Cancer treatment and care is available at the following Trinidad facilities:
  • Port of Spain General Hospital, 169 Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies (868) 623-2951/2/4/5/6.
  • San Fernando General Hospital, Independence Avenue, San Fernando, Trinidad, West Indies, (868) 652-3581-6.
  • Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Uriah Butler Highway, Champs Fleurs, Trinidad, West Indies (868) 645-4673.
  • National Radiotherapy Centre, St. James Medical Complex, 112 Western Main Road, St. James, Trinidad, West Indies, (868)-622-7381, (868)-628-9477.
  • Sangre Grande Hospital, Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande, Trinidad, West Indies (868) 668-2273; (868) 668-2468
For more information please contact the office below. The office is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.
The National Radiotherapy Centre
  • St. James Medical Complex
    112 Western Main Road
    St. James
    Trinidad, West Indies

  • (868)-622-7381
  • (868)-628-3232
Anti-retroviral therapy is provided at a number of public health facilities for HIV/AIDS patients at the Queen’s Park Counselling Centre (North and South), the Tobago Regional Health Authority, and the Medical Research Foundation. This programme is available to persons who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS and is a “walk in” service.