The Health Insurance Organisation’s efforts to set limits according to a doctor’s age are ongoing but it looks like it is more complicated than anticipated, Philenews reported on Tuesday.
At the same time, insiders said latest data shows that around 70 doctors over the age of 75 are currently participating in the island’s General Health Service (Gesy).
And, of these, 30 are general practitioners and 40 are specialists. Over the age of 80 are 15 doctors – 7 GPs and 8 specialists – and two are even over the age of 85, one being a GP and the other a specialist.
The HIO plan is for a doctor over the age of 80 to only be permitted to have 25 per cent the number of patients compared to younger doctors. For those aged over 70, the figure may be about 50 per cent.
The reasoning goes that younger doctors are being strangled of opportunity.
The plan is under review by HIO board of directors since April 2022, however, during the discussion, it was noted that the Organization may not be able to set restrictions on its own.
Because the legislation stipulates that doctors who have a professional license from the Cyprus Medical Association (PIS) are included in the Gesy.