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GHS registrations for minors begin on Monday

The Health Insurance Organisation is opening up registrations for minors for the island’s general healthcare system (GHS) on Monday, with the first part of the new system due to come into force on June 1.

According to Phileleftheros, registrations will start online at 4 pm.

So far, 65 pediatricians have registered to provide their services via the system.

All minors below 18 years of age can sign up to pediatricians offices. Those aged between 15-18 can sign up for both GPs and pediatricians.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou will meet today with representatives of the Pediatric Company of Cyprus, who has objections against the GHS.

Until Sunday, the Health Insurance Organisation had recorded more than 180,000 registrations of adults for the GHS. It said that this amounts to 10,000 registrations per day.

Complete implementation of the GHS with the introduction of inpatient services, Accident and Emergency Department (A&Es) services, ambulance services, services by nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, palliative care, medical rehabilitation, preventive dental care and home visits will come into force a year later, on June 1, 2020.

Beneficiaries are all citizens who are permanent residents in the areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus and come under one of the following categories:
• Cypriot citizens
• European citizens who work or hold a permanent residence status in accordance with the provisions of the national legislation
• Third country nationals (non-EU citizens) who hold a permanent residence status or a right of equal treatment in accordance with the provisions of the national legislation
• Members of the families of the above categories in accordance with the provisions of the national legislation
• Refugees and persons with a status of supplementary protection

Beneficiaries have access to healthcare services after they enrol on the GHS and register in a personal doctor’s list of their choice. They can do so either online or by visiting a personal doctor. Personal doctors will be the first contact point of beneficiaries with the GHS and are responsible to provide all required healthcare services as well as to guide and refer the beneficiaries to more specialised healthcare services when and if this is needed.  Beneficiaries may choose the specialist doctor, pharmacy, laboratory, hospital or any other private or public healthcare provider they wish.

Beneficiaries will pay small amounts of  co-payments upon receiving services by outpatient specialists, laboratories, pharmacies, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, and A&Es such as for example €1 per pharmaceutical product, €1 per laboratory test, €6 per visit to a specialist doctor. It is noted that access to personal doctors and inpatient healthcare is free.

The annual co-payment ceiling per person is:

• General population: €150 | Low-income pensioners: €75 • Recipients of the Guaranteed Minimum Income
benefit: €75 | Children: €75

Registrations can be made through the GHS website on ( where beneficiaries must create an account which will be activated on receipt of an email. Once the account is created, beneficiaries must register their personal details. Beneficiaries will then be informed by email that they can register with a specific doctor by sending a request online through the system. They will then be informed if the personal doctor accepts the registration.

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