News Local HIO penalises GHS doctors for abuse of the system

HIO penalises GHS doctors for abuse of the system

The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) has started penalising General Health Insurance (GHS / Gesy) doctors for abuse of the system, writes Marilena Panayi in today’s issue of Phileleftheros.

HIO has started sending out letters to doctors describing some of their claims as “problematic”.

The Organisation has also called on citizens to activate their electronic files to be able to keep themselves updated at all times on the services they receive from the system and, most importantly, to notify the HIO if they notice any discrepancies on the doctors’ part providing them with services.

Head of HIO Constantinos Panayides has told Phileleftheros that more than 100 GHS doctors are under investigation some of whom have already received warning letters.

Some of the letter recipients, he continued, have already replied to the HIO while some doctors have just received theirs.

Certain investigations into doctors’ practices have been completed with some professionals having been notified that some claims whose necessity could not be proven will not be compensated by the Organisation.

“We do not question the conducting of those visits,” Panayides added, “but we do have evidence that those appointments were not necessary given the health status of the patients at that time.”

“Our investigations are ongoing and we will make every effort to protect the system as well as doctors from either intentional abuse or unintentional mistakes,” he said.

Panayides said that it is important that patients keep track of their electronic files as it is thanks to some GHS beneficiaries who reported discrepancies that abuses had come to light in the first place.

“We need our patients’ help to monitor the system. We have already observed some improvement after we implemented certain rules and measures, but we will have more clarity on the figures when we receive December’s data,” he concluded.

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/130-ghs-doctors-under-the-microscope/

Top Stories

COVID-19: Average age in Cyprus is 31 (tables)

Here are the infographics, by the Ministry of Health, with statistics on the course of the coronavirus until September 17, 2020. The average age...

“Diplomacy now has the floor”, Erdogan says in Twitter post

A 180° turn is observed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who, as shown by his recent post on a popular microblogging site, has decided to...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 30.55 million, death toll at 951,051

More than 30.55 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 951,051 have died, according to a Reuters...

Man, 28, arrested for possession of cannabis

A man, aged 28, from Limassol, was arrested in Nicosia on Saturday night for possession of approximately one kilo of cannabis, police said on...

UK’s Johnson to levy 10,000 pound fine on COVID-19 rule-breakers

People in England who break new rules requiring them to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 will face...

Taste

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Ravioli

Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...