Originally Posted by LADY LALA
I have been in Paphos for 12 months now, we registered and we pay social security, we are entitled to free healthcare as are income is below 10k currently, we got the pink medical card for the family- so far my daughter was hit by a car ( very slow moving reversing car , not as drastic as it sounds !) she fractured her foot and received treatment and medication free- after initial €2 to see doctor. Mt mum has seen a doctor and got all her meds she takes regularly , I went the other week and saw the specialist Gynocologist to get a prescrition for the contraceptive pill, paid my €2, he wrote me a prescription which I had to take to a pharmacy as they do not do contraceptive pills at the hospital, I was then charged €60 by the pharmacy for 6 months supply.
Just wondered if anyone else had experienced this or if I did something wrong, I didnt expect to have to pay, but the pharmacist said 'Yes of course you pay' when I explained I had the medical card. Could this be simply because the pill is not available from the state hospital (as I suppose the cypriots do not use it)
I'd hate to think I was paying for it when it could be free !
Most meds are free from the hospital pharmacy but not all. Any that are not available you have to pay for. Sometimes you will find that if the ones you are on are not available for free there is an alternative one that is.
If you think about it logically though, unless you are entitled to free prescription in the Uk with the cost of prescriptions there, having to pay for some things here it still dosn't work out any more expensive.
Also the pill will not be seen as an essential medication so I am not surprised if they are not free.