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People with rare disorders want more spending on health

The alliance for rare disorders has asked President Nicos Anastasiades to increase health spending and include management of rare ailments in a special legislative framework.

In a statement issued after a meeting with the president on Wednesday, the alliance said it seeks to incorporate its positions in the reform of the health sector, specifically in the national health scheme.

“The best index of a universal, modern, and democratic health system is the way it handles the needs of chronic diseases, especially the rare ones, where there is huge diversity and complexity,” the statement said.

The alliance said the president was positive to their suggestions.

According to the alliance, there are some 60,000 patients in Cyprus suffering from rare disorders.

Rare disorders are those ailments that affect less than one per 2,000 residents of the population. They are chronic, degenerative, painful, and 80 per cent of genetic origin.

Around 6,000 diagnosed rare disorders remain incurable.

EU data released on Tuesday showed that Cyprus ranked last in government expenditure on health in 2015.

When it came to health, Cyprus’ government spending stood at 2.6 per cent of GDP, last in the EU, and less than half the bloc’s average of 7.2 per cent of its GDP.

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