CERTAIN vulnerable groups of people have been excluded from paying the new state hospital fees.
These exceptions have been separated into three categories. The first category is for fees paid to visit the doctor, the second for fees paid for tests, and the third for paying for a visit to the state hospital’s accident and emergency department.
Some of the groups of people within the first category are soldiers, children who are being cared for by the social welfare services, people who are being held at the Menoyia detention centre, prisoners, people in the Ayios Charalambos shelter in Larnaca, and priests and metropolis employees for the Larnaca and Kiti bishoprics.
The groups of people within the second category are those who are going through dialysis, people who have thalassaemia, paraplegics and quadriplegics.
Among the groups of people in the third category are Greek Cypriots living in the north and members of their families, people who are totally dependent state help, students who attend the school for the blind and the school for the deaf, people under the care of the red cross, and kidney donors.
As of August 1 beneficiaries of state subsidised health care pay €3 to see a general practitioner, €6 to see a specialist doctor and €10 for using accident and emergency departments.