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Paediatric society rejects Gesy

The island’s paediatric society said it will not be participating in the national health scheme (Gesy) under the current circumstances, disputing the plan’s viability and functionality.

In a statement following a general assembly on Saturday, the society expressed concerns over the proposed scheme’s viability, functionality, and adequacy.

“We are stating our intention not to participate in the proposed health system, under the current state of affairs,” the society said.

In August, the society had issued a statement suggesting under Gesy, children would only be able to see one doctor for any problem.

“You will no longer have the right to directly visit a different speciality such as a cardiologist, dermatologist, surgeon, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic, ENT, etc. Without his referral, no other speciality would see you.”

They also claimed that each doctor would only be allowed to register 2,500 patients on their list. If the preferred doctor has filled his list, a patient would have to seek someone else.

Patients who were unhappy with their doctor could not change them before six months passed from the day they registered with them, the society said.

They also claimed they would not be able to spend so much time on patients, surgeries would be overcrowded, encouraging contagion, it will be more expensive, group insurance policies will be scrapped, and contributions will rise every year.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou had dismissed the statement at the time as an effort to undermine the reforms using lies, misinformation and inaccuracies in a bid to create a “climate of panic” among the public.

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