Cyprus Mail

President to meet doctors again tomorrow

FILE PHOTO: President Anastasiades meeting with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou (second right) and members of the HIO

PRESIDENT Anastasiades and the leadership of the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) met on Monday to discuss the refusal of many private doctors to join the national health scheme, Gesy, and agreed to meet again on Tuesday morning.

Health minister Constantinos Ioannou and ministry officials attended the two-hour meeting, from which the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) was absent. Representatives of the HIO were invited to Tuesday’s meeting scheduled for 8am.

CyMA is in dispute with the HIO, which will administer Gesy, over the a range of issues, the main one being the latter’s objection to Gesy doctors engaging in private practice. Doctors of eight different medical specialties, as a result, announced they would not participate in Gesy.

Anastasiades had backed the HIO’s position, saying last week that allowing a two-tier system, in which Gesy doctors would also practise privately, would be discriminatory.