Doctors and the health insurance organisation agreed on Monday to launch an intensive dialogue this week in a bid to resolve differences in the run-up to the adoption of the national health scheme (Gesy).
The two sides met with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou and agreed to hold meetings to discuss issues relating to personal doctors, specialists, and their fees, how the fees will be set, and private medicine.
The two sides want to wrap up talks by Friday so as to review the results in a new meeting with the minister next Monday.
Ioannou thanked both sides for their response and stressed that good will would help achieve the necessary convergences to overcome any deadlocks.
“Our effort is to find the solution and framework to allay the doctors’ concerns to a great extent,” the minister said.
Chairman of the medical association, Petros Agathangelou, said the objective was to secure the best possible result for the public, “a system that meets its basic aspects, universality, accessibility, and social solidarity.”
The head of the health insurance organisation Thomas Antoniou appeared certain there will be a positive outcome.
“Certain meetings have been set for tomorrow and the day after, so we have a lot of work that must be done,” he said. “By Monday I am sure we will have a very positive result.”
The medical association insists the one billion euro budget for the scheme is not enough, which is doomed to fail.
It has repeatedly warned that the budget falls short by as much as €300m, according to some reports.
The EU average for health services is between eight and 10 per cent of GDP. The Cyprus government has allocated only five per cent of GDP for Gesy.