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The development and implementation of emergency medical and trauma services in Jamaica

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Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. It is 150 miles by 45 miles wide and has a population of 2.54 million people. The population is young and has a life expectancy of 73 years. The per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in 1994 was Jamaican (J) $40 305.00 with an exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = J$ 34.00. The per capita expenditure on health is J$ 3 583.00 (US$ 105.00). The ministry of health accounts for about 9-10% of the governmental budget. Inpatient health care is delivered through governmental hospitals with one university hospital and a small number of private hospitals. Trauma care is primarily delivered in the government and university hospitals.


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