Health Care Facts and Information
If you are moving to Cyprus you will initially need to arrange to obtain the appropriate E-Form from your Doctor in your own Member State, in order that you may obtain health care on the island.
Since 1960, the year of Cyprus’s independence, emphasis has been given to Prevention, a necessary aspect of Health Care. Cyprus now has an international reputation for its Prevention Programs which have managed to practically eliminate diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and Echinococcus.
A Cancer Prevention Program has now been launched with the use of a Moving Cancer Diagnosis Unit which enables every woman in Cyprus to take advantage of the Pap-Test and Mammography free of charge.
Scans such as the MRI, the CT, the Ultrasound, Extra-corporal Fertilization modalities, Lithotripsia, Mammography, Osteoporosis early detection Tests and almost any other High-Tech Diagnostic Tool are available to the public. Cyprus also has special centers for kidney and corneal transplantations as well as Open Heart Surgery.
Below, we have copied for you, information from a leaflet produced by the Ministry of Health outlining what is required Under EU Regulations for you to obtain Health Care if you are moving to Cyprus. More information can be obtained from their website at: The Ministry of Health Nicosia
‘Health Care in Cyprus Under EU Regulations’
Under EU regulations, health care can be provided in Cyprus for people from other EU Member States. The health care is provided on the same basis as is provided to a Cypriot national and is available at any of the Government Medical Institutions in the country.
To obtain heath care if you are moving to Cyprus, you must initially be in possession of an appropriate E – Form or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own Member State. You are entitled to health care if your are moving to Cyprus and you fall into one of the categories listed below. You will also see from the table below, which particular E – Form you need.
CATEGORY OF PERSON
Temporary visitor or tourist
A pensioner coming to live
permanently in Cyprus.
A worker from another
Member State posted to
work in Cyprus less than
A worker from another
Member State posted to
work in this country for more
than one year.
A U.K. person under pension
age coming to live
permanently in Cyprus.
Dependants living in Cyprus
but insured worker living in
another Member State.
We recommend you make sure you are covered for healthcare at all times in Cyprus. This section provides information on the Cypriot health system, Cypriot doctors, hospitals and medical treatment. Things may not work the same way as at home – get informed in case you get ill.
Health care in Cyprus
The World Health Organization ranks Cyprus as one of the healthiest countries in the Mediterranean.
Since the country’s independence from Britain in 1960, the government’s main priorities have been health and preventative medicine. Consequently the quality of healthcare in Cyprus is high and life expectancy statistics compare favourably with those of other western countries. Many doctors are trained in the UK, and people living in many Middle Eastern countries choose to visit Cyprus for medical treatment.
Medical and health services are provided through both the public health service and private clinics and hospitals. Public and private medicine operate alongside one another in Cyprus and complement each other. Public General Hospitals as well as private clinics and hospitals are concentrated in the main urban areas, but there are health centres in rural areas, completing a network that meets the medical needs of the whole country.
Cyprus’ public health service is funded through the social security payments of those who work on the island, whether Cypriots or foreign residents. The system provides free or low cost healthcare for those who contribute to social security, plus their families and retirees, and emergency treatment for everyone. However, the full public health service isn’t available to foreign visitors, who require private health insurance unless they wish to pay high medical bills.
EU citizens who are visiting Cyprus can receive free outpatient or inpatient treatment with a European Health Card (the old E111), which is issued by the health authority in your home country. Note, however, that this covers only essential treatment and not routine treatment. Non-EU visitors must pay for healthcare.
Now that Cyprus has joined the EU, pensioners from other EU countries are entitled to use the public health system at considerably reduced cost. Non-EU pensioners must have private health insurance.
Health (and health insurance) is an important issue for anyone retiring abroad. Many people are ill-prepared for old age and the possibility of health problems, and foreigners who can no longer care for themselves are often forced to return to their home countries. There are few state residential nursing homes in Cyprus, or hospices for the terminally ill. Provision for the disabled, such as wheelchair access, must be incorporated in all new public building and tourist facilties, although provision in older buildings and on public transport is below the average for Western Europe.
Doctors, Chemists & Emergencies
Visits, fees & opening hours
There are many private doctors in Cyprus, and clinics are usually open from 9am to 1pm and from 4 to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Doctors charge around €25 to €50 for a consultation and the cost of most treatment is around half that in northern European countries. Almost all brands of medicines are available in Cyprus and pharmacists are highly qualified (and usually speak English). They can provide medical advice and treatment for minor ailments. Local newspapers list chemists’ that are open during the night or at weekends and holidays, along with the names and numbers of doctors who are on call out of hours.
There are also area-specific numbers that you can ring out of hours to obtain information about private doctors who are on call and chemists’ that are open (or you can ring 192 for information). These are as follows:
|Doctors on Call
PAPHOS GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anavargos Street, Anavargos, Paphos.
Tel: 26-240111, Emergencies 26- 240100.Providing the same service for people moving to Cyprus and residents alike.
SAINT GEORGE’S PRIVATE HOSPITAL: 29, Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue, Paphos. Tel: 26 947000
Established in 1990 and commenced operation in March 1992.
All patient rooms have en-suite toilet and bathroom, fully adjustable bed, telephone, and television with video channel. A nurse call system is installed in each room.
The hospital has two major theatre suites, plus an orthopaedic theatre. In addition, there is a major theatre suite on the maternity wing. All theatres are fully equipped to the highest standard.
Recovery and Rehabilitation unit:
This unit provides short, medium and long-term care facilities, with physiotherapy available. Full occupational therapy is also provided.
Intensive care unit:
A three-bed intensive care unit.
Cardiological, X-Ray, microbiological, in vitro fertilization, ophthalmic, ETN.
There are 11 separate consulting rooms on the ground floor.
EVANGELISMOS HOSPITAL: 87 Vasileos Constantinou, Paphos. Tel: 26 848 000 Fax: 26 911 883
Services: Information Center, Clinical Services, General (Internal) Medicine, Cardiology Department, Radiology Department, Obstetrics Department, Dental Department, Microbiology Laboratory, Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Casualty Department, Urology Department, General Surgery Department, Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery, IVF & Fertility Department
IASIS PRIVATE HOSPITAL: 8 Voriou Epirou, Paphos.
Tel: 26 848 484 Fax: 26 848 300
Modern private hospital featuring 24 hour medical assistance, intensive care unit and casualty department.
Services: General surgery, cardiology, urology, paediatrics, gynaecology and an accident and emergency unit for emergency treatment.
BLUE CROSS MEDICAL CENTRE: 51, Demokratias Avenue, Paphos.
Tel: 26 221 111 Fax: 26 944 998
If you are moving to Cyprus, the centre offers the most comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient treatment and services with state of the art, medical equipment.
In patient care headed-up by a UK-trained and qualified SRN with extensive international nursing experience.
All rooms are en-suite and fully air-conditioned. They have satellite television, direct-dial telephones and a nurse-call system.
Intensive care unit and a separate maternity nursery. Three modern theatres provide for minor and major operations.
The out-patient department consists of specialist’s consulting rooms, In-house laboratory, X-ray suite, a mobile X-ray unit and image intensifier available for use with in-patients and in the theatres.
The Medical Centre has its own pharmacy and operates a 24-hour Casualty Department. A dental surgeon is available for all dental emergencies and prosthetic requirements.
The Casualty Department operates its own ambulance service for home, hotel or airport transfers.