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CYPRUS: New payment system at hospitals increases state revenue

07 August, 2014

Millions of euros have flown into the state`s treasury since the implementation of the new payment system at the public hospitals last August.

CNA has learned that the Finance Ministry is assessing the income status for the first year the system has been put into place (Aug 1st 2013-Aug 1st 2014). It is estimated that the contribution of public servants and former public servants who are now on pension has reached more than 24 million euros.

Public servants and pensioners` contribution is 1.5% of their monthly salaries or pensions and this amounts to 2 million per month.

The new payment system provides that all patients who visit the hospitals pay a fee of three euros for a GP and six euros for a specialized doctor.

A fee of 0.50 cents is paid for each subsidized drug and each examination and 10 euros for a visit at the Emergency Room (ER).

The period between Aug 1st 2013 and Dec 31st 2013, the income for the state from the ten euro fee and the ER and the fee for tests and drugs amounted to more than three million euros.

The total income for 2013 from the patients who visited the public hospitals was 11,5 million euros compared to 8 million in 2012 and 7,5 mln in 2011.