European Health Insurance Card

HEALTH CARE IN CYPRUS

Provision of Health Care
Health care is provided by the Government Medical Services and the private medical sector. The Government Medical Services can be used by any person who chooses to be treated at a Government Medical Institution.

Free of charge or at reduced fees care is provided by the Government Medical Services to certain groups of the population as described below. Patients not belonging to these groups pay the fees prescribed from time to time.

The government medical institutions are administered by the Ministry of Health through the Department of Medical and Public Health Services and are financed by general taxation through the budget.

Persons making use of the private medical sector pay the fees out-of-pocket. Certain groups are covered by medical funds, operated by trade unions or employers. These funds provide full or partial coverage of medical expenses incurred by their members.

Government Health Services
The provision of health care services by the Government Medical Services is governed by the Government Medical Institutions and Services General Regulations of 2000 and 2007.

Coverage
The Regulations distinguish the persons, who use the Government Medical Services, into the following categories:-

(a) Persons to whom services are provided free-of-charge

(i) The President of the Republic, the members of the Council of Ministers, the members of the House of Representatives,
(ii) Active and retired civil servants, members of the educational service, of the police force and the armed forces,
(iii) The dependants of (i) and (ii) above,
(iv) Members of families with 4 or more children,
(v) Students of the University of Cyprus and certain other state educational institutions,
(vi) War pensioners,
(vii) Persons in receipt of public assistance,
(viii) Single persons whose annual income does not exceed €15.377,41 and members of families whose annual income does not exceed €30.754,83 increased by €1.708,6 for each dependent child,
(ix) Persons suffering from certain chronic diseases.

(b) Persons to whom services are provided at reduced fees

(i) Single persons whose annual income is between €15.379,12 and €20.503,22,
(ii) Members of families whose annual income is between €30.756,53 and €37.589,23 increased by €1.708,6 for each dependent child.

(c) Paying Patients

Persons not coming under categories (a) and (b) can make use of the Government medical services against payment of the fees prescribed from time to time.
Paying patients may have the fees for costly in-patient treatment reduced, taking into account the level of their income.

Health Services Provided

The Health Services provided include:-

(i) Out-patient care by general practitioners and specialists care to both out-patients and inpatients,
(ii) The necessary drugs and pharmaceutical material,
(iii) Diagnostic and paramedical examinations,
(iv) Hospitalisation,
(v) Dental care, except for dentures which are provided to certain low income groups,
(vi) Medical rehabilitation and provision of prosthetic and orthopedic appliances,
(vii) Domiciliary visiting, in exceptional cases (for saving life or averting serious disability),
(viii) Transport of the patient as his condition requires.

Fees

Paying patients pay €20,5 for a visit to a specialist and €14,52 for a visit to a general practitioner. In addition they pay the fees prescribed for laboratory, radiology and all examinations and tests.

In-patient fees for paying patients are as follows:-

Paying patients pay €20,5 for a visit to a specialist and €14,52 for a visit to a general practitioner. In addition they pay the fees prescribed for laboratory, radiology and all examinations and tests.

 In-patient fees for paying patients are as follows:-

(a) for accommodation and nursing : €123,02, €102,52 and €71,76, for 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class ward, respectively and €205,03 for intensive care,
(b) for medical attendance: €20,5 daily,
(c) for drugs, curative material, laboratory and radiology tests and any other services: the fees prescribed.

Co-payments by persons entitled to free medical care

Persons entitled to free medical care pay €2 per out-patient visit.

Recipients of Public Assistance benefit, invalidity pensioners and war pensioners, military personnel, medical personnel and persons over 65 years old, are exempted from any co-payment.

Persons entitled to free care by reason of status (state officials, civil servants etc) pay for each day of in-patient treatment €20,5, €10,25 and €6,83 for stay in 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class ward, respectively.

Persons entitled to medical care at reduced fees pay 50% of the fees payable by paying patients.

Private Health Sector

Private medicine is dominated by a large number of physicians in individual practice. A number of polyclinics have also been established in urban areas with a number of physicians offering a range of medical services.

The following documents are relevant to the above:

http://www.moh.gov.cy/MOH/MOH.nsf/All/F8B5861FC3801B6C422579D7003EEFB8/$file/EHICAPP.pdf

http://www.moh.gov.cy/MOH/MOH.nsf/All/F8B5861FC3801B6C422579D7003EEFB8/$file/EHIC-Flyer_EN_090129.pdf

http://www.moh.gov.cy/MOH/MOH.nsf/All/F8B5861FC3801B6C422579D7003EEFB8/$file/FormMeros11.pdf

http://www.moh.gov.cy/MOH/MOH.nsf/All/F8B5861FC3801B6C422579D7003EEFB8/$file/Information%20Leaflet%20on%20heath%20care%20in%20Cyprus%20under%20EU%20regulations.pdf

http://www.moh.gov.cy/MOH/MOH.nsf/All/F8B5861FC3801B6C422579D7003EEFB8/$file/PostalCard_EN_090202.pdf

(source of information –  Cyprus Ministry of Health)