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EHIC European Health Insurance Card has replaced the E111. Application forms available through Post Offices in UK and some UK GP surgeries. Allow 6 weeks for delivery.

The EHIC gives a UK citizen healthcare cover in a state hospital in any EU country at the same standard as a citizen of that country. But is not an entitlement to private healthcare, and it will not pay for repatriation back to UK (Travel insurance is recommended to any one travelling outside UK)

Permanent residents are not entitled to us the EHIC card for public healthcare within Cyprus. But in an emergency some state hospitals will accept the EHIC card until you get your Cypriot Health Card, although they are becoming stricter on its use.

Permanent Residents not in receipt of a UK State Pension
(A permanent resident is classed as having been through the immigration process and are in receipt of a 'yellow' slip).

Obtain a S1 (formally E106) from your tax office prior to leaving UK. Depending on you NI contributions this can give you up to 2.5 years free healthcare in Cyprus.

However for immigration purposes you may also need to have Private Health Insurance (please note many insurers will NOT cover chronic or pre-existing conditions for example epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, and those that do may be very expensive) In these circumstances you may have to show you have sufficient financial funds to cover any hospital expenses.

Permanent Residents in Receipt of a UK State Pension

Prior to leaving the UK obtain an S1 (formally E121) from:

International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE98 1BA
United Kingdom

(Although both health forms have the same number they are different forms)

You will be entitled to free healthcare (although not all medications are available free) from a state hospital or state doctor. Medications that are not provided by the Cypriot Health System can usually be bought from a Pharmacy as over the counter drugs. However you may not get the same level of care as that on the UK NHS. In some cases you may even get better. You also have the option of private healthcare; just phone a recommended doctor for an appointment, you do not have to be referred by a GP as in UK. Private fees are usually lower than UK.

If you have a partner who is below retirement age they may be entitled to free healthcare under your card.

As of 1 May 2010, the UK is now responsible for issuing the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to UK pensioners resident in other EU countries. (Contact Overseas Healthcare Team on 0191 218 1999 for an application form, if you have not been sent one with you S1)

Note- Health Requirements for residency in Cyprus (UK State Pensioners) immigration may insist that you also have private insurance; this is not necessary and is against the EU COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1408/71 directive.

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Make sure you have a copy of all your medical records from your UK GP. (Once you leave UK and are resident in Cyprus your GP medical records are centrally stored in UK for only 10 years)

Ask your UK general practitioner for a supply of your usual medications prior to moving over and ensure that you have the prescription to back up the medications you are on.
Until you get your relevant healthcare card you may need to seek a repeat prescription.
For Schedule 2 and Schedule 3(Controlled Drugs)
For example - diamorphine, morphine, remifentanil, pethidine, secobarbital, glutethimide, amphetamine, the barbiturates buprenorphine,diethylpropion, mazindol, meprobamate, midazolam, pentazocine, phentermine, phenobarbital and temazepam you will certainly need to have a local prescription. This can be obtained from a recommended private doctor until you have your Cypriot Health card.
For other medications
Most can be bought over the counter at any pharmacy, including many of those drugs that are prescription only in UK. The exception to this is any psychiatric medication, which can only be obtained from a registered psychiatrist. However a recommended local private doctor will write a private (payable) prescription for you to take to the pharmacy if necessary.
The data sheets that accompany medications will be in may only be in Greek, (translations can usually be obtained on the internet) The drugs may not have the trade name you are used to, if in doubt take the old packet to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to confirm they have the same ingredients.
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For those working and paying Social insurance, income of less than 10K per year entitles them to free healthcare at the general hospital.
Income from 10k-15k you pay 25%
Income from 15k - 20K you pay 50%
Income over 20K you pay the full amount.
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We are just going through our residency application .
We need private health cover. Our car insurance company , AB Insurance , sold us a basic health cover for both of use for only 380 euros , total .
The policies came through on line , via email very quickly .

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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 !

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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.

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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.
Thats what I thought, as its not essential, Thanks x

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[QUOTE=Veronica;730205]Information supplied by Mycroft

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EHIC European Health Insurance Card has replaced the E111. Application forms available through Post Offices in UK and some UK GP surgeries. Allow 6 weeks for delivery.

Just to update, the EHIC is no longer available at Post Offices in the UK. It is only available online, but it is still issued free of charge. You will need you National Insurance number to apply.
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Thank you for this very helpful information. Let me make sure I understand. I am a Swedish citizen and have the EHIC. Does this mean I can visit Cyprus for an extended period of time, use the Cypriot Healthcare State Hospital and receive free healthcare services and perhaps some of my meds (BP, Cholesterol) for free? Thanks in advance for your time. Lee

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Thank you for this very helpful information. Let me make sure I understand. I am a Swedish citizen and have the EHIC. Does this mean I can visit Cyprus for an extended period of time, use the Cypriot Healthcare State Hospital and receive free healthcare services and perhaps some of my meds (BP, Cholesterol) for free? Thanks in advance for your time. Lee
The EHIC card should only be used frr EMERGENCY treatment during your stay in another EU country, and will entitle you to the same treatment as a citizen of that country. Therefore any medications that do not relate to the diagnosis/condition you receive treatment for under the EHIC system will not be free. I suggest you contact the Swedish Ministry of Health to get details of exactly what you are entitled to under the EHIC regulations.
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im a bit confused with the healthcare system. my husband and i are planning to relocate to cyprus nxt yr when i will be 56 and hubby 57. we wont have uk pensions and will be living off our capital...maybe a p/t job now and then. hubby takes regular meds for heart condition, i take nothing, what are the rules for us? anyone any idea? thanks

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