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New hospital fees from August 1

THE NEW state hospital fees will come into effect on August 1, the health ministry has said.

All beneficiaries of state subsidised health care will now be asked to pay €3 to see a general practitioner, €6 to see a specialist doctor and €10 for using the state hospitals’ oversubscribed accident and emergency department.

Certain groups, including those who receive state benefits will continue being able to use accident and emergency departments free of charge. Most of the changes – agreed with Cyprus’ troika of lenders – are designed to prevent abuse of the overburdened state health care system.

For example, people will now need to pay a nominal fee of 50 cents for drug prescriptions and lab tests. Although capped at €10, the health ministry has previously said that introducing a nominal fee would discourage people from unnecessarily ordering lab tests they do not need, and might help address long waiting times for test results.

Non-beneficiaries will continue being able to use state hospitals, paying €15 to visit general practitioners and €30 to see specialist doctors.

As of August 1, Cypriot and EU citizens who reside in Cyprus will be eligible to apply for a health card entitling them to subsidised state health care only if they have paid in at least three years’ social insurance and have complied with all their tax obligations.

Existing health cards issued by the health ministry will be phased out over the year. Health cards issued by other government bodies, such as social insurance will remain as is.

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