Four years on GHS has 950,000 beneficiaries 

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There are 943,978 beneficiaries registered with the General Health System (GHS), while 806,900 visited their GP the past year, proving a success since its introduction in 2019.

The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) Chair, Stavros Michael, said 692,500 beneficiaries had received medication while 611,200 visited a specialist.

Also, 502,300 beneficiaries have undergone lab tests, and 286,500 visited a dentist, while during the same period, 90,500 operations were performed.

Michael said the top priority for the HIO is to keep the GHS strong and financially sustainable and offer lifelong equitable, and seamless access to quality healthcare services for all.

He said an actuarial study conducted by the ILO (International Labour Organization) showed that the GHC is sustainable until 2030, with sufficient reserves.

“We are planning larger scale awareness campaigns addressed to beneficiaries and providers for a more appropriate use of GHS services.”

The HIO boss noted that based on the support of citizens, the GHS in the past year focused on strengthening, reinforcing, and improving health services.

“The GHS is the biggest social reform since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus and has completed four years of life, ensuring equal access to quality health services for all citizens without exceptions.

“My vision and goals are clear.

“Continuous improvement of the health services provided while ensuring the financial sustainability of the GHC for the benefit of all citizens.

“Through the GHS, all citizens of the Republic are ensured equal, fair, and unhindered access to quality health services, without exception.

“With the implementation of the GHS, every adult got their own personal doctor, and children got their own paediatrician.”

Expanded services will provide speech therapists for children with autism, Down’s syndrome and everyone with neurodevelopmental disorders among HIO’s future plans.

The first phase of the landmark health service was launched on June 1, 2019, providing outpatient health services.

In 2020 phase two was implemented, with hospitals joining the scheme as COVID began to bite.