A number of private hospitals, clinics and poly-clinics in the Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos districts have said they intend to participate in the national health scheme (Gesy), though the Larnaca and Famagusta districts remain a source of concern.
On Wednesday, doctors of Limassol’s Mediterranean Hospital began registering for Gesy, while the German Oncology Centre has also announced its intention to integrate its services into the scheme.
In Nicosia, the ‘Apostolos Loukas’ Medical Centre will offer paediatricians and GPs for adults, as well as doctors specialised in areas such as cardiology and orthopaedics, while the European Medical Clinic announced it will also be participating in Gesy.
Though currently offering mostly gynaecological services, the European Medical Clinic announced the expansion of the range of its medical specialties in view of contributing towards a functional Gesy.
Two more private medical centres in Nicosia are also expected to announce their participation in Gesy soon, while a new Nicosia polyclinic is in the works, which will host a number of Gesy services such as GPs, specialist doctors and diagnostic equipment and labs.
The Nicosia and Limassol premises of Aimis Clinics will also integrate its specialised doctors and surgeons, and diagnostic equipment and labs to Gesy, while the Evangelismos private hospital in Paphos announced that it will also be offering outpatient care – GPs and specialist doctors – during the first phase of Gesy set to begin on June 1.
Added to the list of private specialist doctors who will join the scheme are the more than 700 specialist doctors enrolled in public healthcare.
Although the list above may allow the health insurance organisation (HIO) to confidently speculate that it will reach the necessary number of specialist doctors for the first phase of Gesy, private medical centres in the Larnaca and Famagusta districts have yet to say they will join.
Also, the larger private hospitals, especially in Nicosia, are still saying they intend to remain outside Gesy, though some are still discussing with the HIO.
Developments are expected in the coming weeks concerning the number of private doctors and healthcare services that will be joining Gesy, as many doctors who were previously unwilling to join the medical scheme have reassessed their position after the HIO revised its framework for participation last week, offering higher rates.
The first phase of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) will be launched with the introduction of outpatient care on June 1.
Inpatient care – phase two – is expected to roll out on June 1, 2020.