The American Medical Centre (AMC) announced on Thursday that it will not be not be joining the national health scheme (Gesy), and accused the health insurance organisation (HIO) of deceiving the public over the participation of private hospitals in the scheme.
“The proposed health scheme is not viable, and its implementation will lead to the degrading of the quality of healthcare,” said Nicosia’s AMC spokesperson, Dr Marinos Sotiriou.
Responding to HIO statements on Wednesday that a growing number of healthcare centres in the Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos districts will be joining Gesy, Sotiriou said that it gave the impression that the wheel is turning in favour of Gesy, but this is not the case.
“The HIO is hopelessly attempting to feed media outlets with inaccuracies and false information regarding the intention of certain ‘clinics’ to join Gesy,” Sotiriou said. “But they are hiding the true facts, namely that some of the so-called ‘clinics’ are simply doctors’ offices which cannot provide secondary or tertiary care and do not even have hospital rooms.”
The AMC will be joining the Platform of Private Healthcare, Sotiriou said, “as the aim of the centre is to continue operating autonomously and independently, offering high quality healthcare services.”
On Wednesday, the HIO announced that a number of private healthcare centres would be joining Gesy as of June 1. These include Nicosia’s ‘Apostolos Loukas’ Medical Centre and European Medical Clinic, Limassol’s Mediterranean Hospital, the German Oncology Centre, and the Aimis Clinic which also has premises in Nicosia and Paphos’ Evangelismos private hospital.
Reports said that 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.
Despite increased concerns for the Larnaca and Famagusta districts where private healthcare centres have yet to express interest in participating in Gesy, the HIO said it is confident that it will reach the necessary number of specialist doctors for the first phase of Gesy.