More Doctors Opt Out of Cyprus’ National Health Scheme

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Cypriot lawmakers are getting anxious over how many doctors have decided not to take part in the GESY national health scheme after the Cyprus Society of Nuclear Medicine became the fifth group of private specialist doctors to opt out.

The head of Parliament’s Health committee, Costas Constantinou, said, “It is with great concern that we are monitoring developments. It seems that everything is orchestrated and pre-decided by some within CyMA,” the country’s medical agency, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported.

He said that reforms aimed at benefiting patients, could be sabotaged by some in the name of “with cheap motives and other economic issues.”

“If our intervention is deemed necessary, we will ask to be briefed by the minister and formally call on some to assume their responsibilities,” he said. CyMA hasn’t said whether it would back GESY.

Constantinou told state broadcaster CyBC that the state had offered doctors what they were requesting but that now they were going back on their word. He said that CyMA was hiding behind the announcements of these medical groups and delaying in issuing its final decision.

The head of CyMA, Petros Agathangelou told CNA that the agency would give its position only if it was called before the House health committee to discuss regulations concerning general physicians (GPs) under GESY, or outpatient care.

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors of the private sector said earlier they won’t be part of GESY, following endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists. Cardiologists haven’t said what they will do yet. GESY is set to begin June 1, 2020, with inpatient care at first.

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