HEALTH Minister Philippos Patsalis on Tuesday announced Cyprus’ full compliance with the 2011 EU directive on cross-border healthcare, which he hailed as “truly reformist.”
Patsalis said that it allows EU citizens the choice of country, as well as healthcare provider, in receiving healthcare within the EU. This allows them to choose medical procedures based on cost and quality.
In addition to being informed of the cost burden and any applicable reimbursement in advance, citizens can be fully updated on procedures and protocols followed by any healthcare provider they wish to visit.
The EU directive was issued as a result of a court case brought before the European Court of Justice by citizens claiming reimbursement for health care costs incurred from a member state other than the one they had been insured in.
Implementing the directive fosters the establishment of a national contact point in each member state to ensure EU citizens’ access to healthcare and the reimbursement of medical expenses.
“Cyprus is among the member states that have enacted the directive’s provisions into national law and completed all the necessary steps for implementation,” Patsalis said.
The contact point’s new website can be found at www.moh.gov.cy/moh/cbh.
The Health minister affirmed his confidence that Cyprus can reap substantial benefits from harmonising with the directive.
“Our country’s geographical location, climate that is ideal for patient treatment and rehabilitation, historical and cultural heritage and internationally renowned medical professionals, as well as the fact that many other countries have cumbersome healthcare systems compared to ours, can help attract European patients, both for treatment and recovery,” he said.
“Let me stress once again that the Health ministry is fully ready to implement the full scope of the cross border healthcare directive,” he said.