Taxation for the first phase of the NHS is due to start on March 1, while the first phase of the system is expected get underway on June 1.
During the first phase, people who live and work permanently in Cyprus will be able to access primary-care services such as doctor visits, buying medicine, lab and other examinations. The system will become fully operational on June 1, 2020 and people will be able to access all healthcare services.
Residents of Cyprus, though, will start paying on March 1 2019, in order to cover the operational costs needed for the first phase to begin.
Most employees will see the NHS contribution cut from their wage at the end of March. Those who are paid on a weekly or bi-weekly basis will see the amount cut from their next wage.
People do not have to take any specific actions to pay their contribution, as the amount will be withheld from their wages or their social insurance funds by their employers or the state.
How much will the NHS cost citizens:
First phase – June 1, 2019
Taxation for the first phase of the NHS will start on March 1, 2019 and from June 1, 2019 all beneficiaries will be able to access primary-care services such as doctor visits, buying medicine, laboratory and other examinations.
From March 1, taxpayers will have to contribute:
- Each employee will contribute 1.70% of his salary and each employer will contribute 1.85% of the salary of each employee for the NHS.
- Each self-employed person will contribute 2.55% of his/her earnings.
- Each pensioner will contribute 1.70% of his/her pension.
- Each state official official will contribute 1.70% of his/her salary.
- All other persons who have an income will contribute 1.70% of the amount of their income.
- A State Fixed Fund will contribute 1.65% of the salaries and pensions of all beneficiaries.
Second phase – March 1, 2020
NHS is expected to be fully operational on June 1, 2020, however increases in taxation will start from March 1, 2020. Beneficiaries will be able to access all healthcare services under the system.
Contributions will rise to:
- Each employee will contribute 2.65% of his/her salary and each employer will contribute 2.90% of the salary of each employee.
- Each self-employed person will contribute 4% of his/her earnings.
- Each pensioner will contribute 2.65% of his/her pension.
- Every state official will contribute 2.65% of his/her earnings.
- All other people who have an income will contribute 2.65% of it.
- A State Fixed Fund will contribute 4.55% of the earnings and pensions of all beneficiaries.
Persons excluded from any fees:
Soldiers, disabled veterans, prisoners of war of 1974 and their dependants, dependants of missing persons or people who have fallen in 1974, dependants of disabled persons, persons who suffer from severe mental disorder, persons with intellectual disabilities, resident of institutions for people with special needs, children under State care, convicts and arrested persons, uninsured elders, Greek citizens, residents of Agios Charalambos shelter and persons which have a hospital identity issued by the Patient Relief Committee.