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Information on the Cyprus health system

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Medical care is provided by the government medical services and the private medical sector. The government medical services can be used by anyone who chooses to be treated at a public medical institution. As of August 2013[SM1] , medical care in public hospitals is not free of charge
The government medical services provide treatment free of charge or at reduced charges only for certain groups of individuals. More information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health.
The new arrangements for the provision of health care in public hospitals include:

As of 1 August 2013, all eligible patients visiting outpatient clinics in public hospitals will be paying €3.00 for visiting a general practitioner and €6.00 for visiting a specialist.

Moreover, they will be paying €0.50 for each drug administered and for each medical test with a maximum charge of €10.00 per drug prescription or per medical test referral form, respectively.

Patients without a medical card may still use the services of public hospitals by paying €15.00 for visiting a general practitioner and €30.00 for visiting a specialist.

Emergency care is provided against a fee of €10.00 to all persons who arrive at the accident and emergency departments of the government hospitals. Every city has its own hospital with an accident and emergency department.
Medical card

Medical cards are issued typically to Cypriot and EU citizens who are permanent residents of Cyprus.
As of 1 August 2013, citizens seeking a medical card should:
(a) have paid contributions in insurable earnings and/or have the equivalent insurance periods registered, at least for three years in total
(b) have settled their tax obligations by the date of application for a medical card.
Persons who opt for the private sector pay the costs themselves. Certain population groups are covered by trade union or employer insurance funds which provide full or partial cover of medical costs for the members. Many doctors run their own private surgeries. In addition many doctors work at city health centres which provide a wide range of medical services in all specialities (including dentistry and optometry) and other relevant services such as laboratory analysis, radiology and chiropody, etc.
All districts now have a new hospital, most recently the Nicosia district. Tertiary medicine, in particular, has undergone substantial development in recent years, and as a result patients who used to be sent abroad for treatment are now being treated in Cyprus. The size of the country makes for easy and swift access to medical centres.
European citizens residing temporarily in Cyprus are entitled to receive essential medical care in State hospitals provided they hold the European Health Insurance Card and have paid the necessary amounts listed above (€15.00 for visiting a general practitioner and €30.00 for visiting a specialist). The members of the family of the holder of the Card are similarly entitled.
Useful information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health website or by telephoning the Ministry of Health (+357 22 400 130) or from the Department for the Free Movement of Patients (Tel. +357 22 400 115) and the Department for General Coordination of EU Affairs at the Ministry (Tel. +357 22 400 195). Useful telephone numbers: First Aid 112, Nicosia General Hospital +357 22 603000, Limassol General Hospital +357 25 30 53 33, Larnaca Hospital +357 24 800500, Paphos General Hospital +357 26 80 31 00. There are also a number of rural hospitals and health centres (details can be found on the Ministry of Health website). Source European Union