Information for Health Care

 Expats will find health care in Cyprus cheap and effective, and yet another reason in support of relocation to the island nation. Like most expat destinations, the Cyprus healthcare system is divided into public and private options. Public healthcare is inexpensive and, in some cases, free (for EU citizens), and even private healthcare costs are kept to a minimum. (50 Euro minimum per visit). State funded hospitals are located in all the major cities in Cyprus, and smaller clinics are situated in towns and villages across the country. Private hospitals and clinics can also be found in all the major cities

Citizens and expats in Cyprus have free access to emergency medical treatment, but in- and out-patient care will incur a small fee. Citizens from EU member states in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are eligible for free health insurance at state hospitals in Cyprus (this only applies to the South). All expats living in the North of Cyprus will need private insurance.Furthermore, many visa applications for non-EU nationals demand some form of private health insurance.

Every town in Cyprus contains a Government hospital, which charge low fees for medical care. Additionally there are numerous private clinics offering skilled specialist physicians in every field. According to Government statistics there is one doctor for every 370 persons, a dentist for every 1,100 persons and a nurse for every 215 persons.

Public health care in Cyprus Expats who are EU citizens and permanent residents in Cyprus are eligible for Free State healthcare in Cyprus, but they must register for a medical card to take advantage of this care.

EU citizens without dependents that earn a yearly income amounting no more than €15.377,4 are allowed for Medical Card A, .Members of families are allowed to earn as yearly income no more than €30.754,83. Noted that for families with children you can add an extra of €1.708, 60 per child), for obtaining Medical Card A.

Medical Card B is issued to residents in a higher income bracket (€15.377,41 to  €20.503,22) for individuals without dependents and for members of families are allowed to earn as yearly income no more than €37.589,23, with additional  €1.708,60  per child). This is the main criteria of Medical card B.

 

Private health care in Cyprus Those non-EU residents who can’t take advantage of the state health insurance schemes, or those expats who’d prefer to take out private health insurance should pay careful attention to which healthcare plan they sign up for.

With such a great public healthcare system it is difficult to see why anyone would want private healthcare, but many expats choose to take out private healthcare policies to have access to a larger range of hospitals and healthcare facilities, and thus skip the sometimes long waiting lists in the public healthcare sector.

There are an assortment of private healthcare options and schemes available to expats moving to Cyprus, each tailor made to suit the individual. The two main private health insurance options available to expats in Cyprus are international private medical insurance or local private medical insurance. Local insurance premiums are considerably cheaper than those of international providers.

As with most schemes, you pay for treatment up-front and then get reimbursed within the month. It’s not necessary to notify your insurance before you receive treatment, though, most companies do offer a 24-hour toll free number if you need to get in contact.

Finding a Doctor Asking neighbors, friends and locals or using our website about recommendations for medical professionals is always a good start when seeking care. When in doubt, or if you are just unable to find enough information, ask your insurance provider for a list of preferable pre-vetted doctors/surgeons/dentists.

Prescriptions in Cyprus If you require any prescription that is considered a controlled substance, bring the original over with you. If the pharmacist refuses to accept (which is often unlikely) the prescription, book an appointment with a local doctor. Most doctors will not charge for writing minor prescriptions, such as birth control, but major drugs may require one or more visits. The policy is set by the doctor, so don’t be afraid to ask.

If you are on a very specific drug, make sure you’re aware of its generic name. Pharmaceutical brands that you are familiar with may not always be present in Cyprus, but their generic parallel is most likely available.

There are a great number of pharmacies scattered throughout most of Cyprus, especially in high populated areas as in the cities. Typically, they will be open from 9am until noon, then from 3pm to 6pm or 7pm.

 

Emergency Services in Cyprus A recognized ambulance system is slowly being put into place however, it is still quite basic, and it will take a few years before it is really available nationwide.

Some private hospitals do own their own ambulances, but they will obviously charge you for the ride. Expats will often rely on neighbors and friends to drive them in if the situation isn’t quite critical.

The numbers to call if in an accident or if injured are 112 or 199.

Source:http://www.cyprus.gov.cy/portal/portal.nsf/citizen_gr?OpenForm&access=0&SectionId=citizen&CategoryId=none&SelectionId=home&print=0&lang=el