News Local Smooth start as general health scheme gets underway

Smooth start as general health scheme gets underway

The general health scheme came into effect on Saturday, with initial reports suggesting a smooth start to what has been described as the biggest social reform ever attempted in Cyprus.

“After a wait of so many years, we’ve finally started,” Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said.

Speaking a little after noon, he said that he had been briefed by the Health Insurance Organisation that all was going smoothly.

The first ‘transaction’ under the new system was by a personal doctor at 5.15 am, followed a little later by a transaction by a specialist doctor, he said.

“I am happy to say that no problems have been observed,” he said but noted that since the first day was a Saturday, volumes are not that high. But so far all was going well, both as regards visits to doctors and obtaining pharmaceuticals at pharmacies.

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