The Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (“CINICO”) was first established in 2004 under the leadership of the then Minister of Health, the Hon. Gilbert McLean. The purpose of forming this national insurance company was to facilitate the provision of insurance coverage for all civil servants, pensioners, seafarers, veterans and their dependents. CINICO also provides health insurance coverage for selected Statutory Authorities and Government Companies.
The formation of a national insurance company came on the heels of the Mercer Review which was commissioned by the Cayman Islands Government (CIG) of the day to perform an in-depth study after the collapse of Caribbean Home Programme which insured all of the civil service at the time. The CIG then created the Health Insurance and Health Fees Advisory Committee, who were tasked with seeking alternative options of providing health care access to civil servants.
In addition, CINICO was established to also administer the health benefits for those residents deemed as indigent by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), as well as provide insurance coverage for residents who found it difficult to obtain coverage through the private insurers.
Since its inception, CINICO fell under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health (MOH). However, beginning July 2013, CINICO has been placed under the Ministry of Finance (MOF), which is led by the Hon. Roy McTaggart as the Minister responsible for CINICO and is presently Chaired by Ms. Patricia Estwick.