The cabinet on Wednesday agreed on temporary measures to allow access to the services of the national health scheme (Gesy) to those beneficiaries who have been unable to register for reasons relating to residence permits and citizenship.
In the months leading up to the launch of Gesy on Saturday, it emerged that certain groups of foreign nationals residing in Cyprus were unable to register as beneficiaries due to lacking or inadequate personal documents.
To temporarily resolve the matter until the necessary documents are issued by the civil registry, the cabinet decided to grant Gesy access to certain groups, with the costs to be shouldered by the state health services (Okypy).
Until August 31, or until the necessary documents are issued, the cabinet agreed to allow access to Gesy to those members of the public who are medical card holders but do not have Cypriot citizenship.
Members of this group include persons, mostly elderly, who have a medical card and an old Cypriot ID but no Cypriot citizenship and are unable to register with Gesy as their ID is no longer considered valid by the civil registry.
Those awaiting their permanent residence status to be issued, as well as newborns and children who have been born in Cyprus to foreign nationals, and who have a birth certificate but not the necessary residence permits, are also included in this group.
Access to Gesy was also granted to the members and families of the Greek military force in Cyprus, Eldyk, with Okypy to shoulder the costs indefinitely.
The cabinet also agreed to allow Okypy to foot the cost of health services to third-country nationals who have a work permit but have yet to be issued a residence permit.
The costs will be assumed by Okypy until their residence permit is issued or until the Gesy software is adjusted to allow the registration of these persons as beneficiaries.
According to the health insurance organisation (HIO), the beneficiaries of these measures, who are unable to register with Gesy and register with a GP online, should visit their GP of choice who is able register them into their list of patients.
As these persons are also unable to access the updated list of available GPs through the online Gesy beneficiaries’ portal, they are advised to seek information by contacting the HIO or visiting a Gesy hospital or outpatient clinic.
HIO phone number 17000. Email [email protected]