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Can anyone give me advise on the cost of health care in Cyprus?
My husband and I are moving out next year and I take regular medication for a Thyroid disorder and blood pressure although I am hoping the bp. will right itself once out there.
What is the approximate cost of health care and is there a prescription charge or different charges for whatever the meds are?

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Sylvia
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Hi

Can anyone give me advise on the cost of health care in Cyprus?
My husband and I are moving out next year and I take regular medication for a Thyroid disorder and blood pressure although I am hoping the bp. will right itself once out there.
What is the approximate cost of health care and is there a prescription charge or different charges for whatever the meds are?

thanks
Sylvia
:):)
Are you of pensionable age? If so you wiull come umder the state system If not dont forget to get an E106 before you leave the UK as it will entitle you to up to 2 years health care under the state system
 

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Are you of pensionable age? If so you wiull come umder the state system If not dont forget to get an E106 before you leave the UK as it will entitle you to up to 2 years health care under the state system
Thank you for the reply. I am 54 so will go for the E106.
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Hi

Can anyone give me advise on the cost of health care in Cyprus?
My husband and I are moving out next year and I take regular medication for a Thyroid disorder and blood pressure although I am hoping the bp. will right itself once out there.
What is the approximate cost of health care and is there a prescription charge or different charges for whatever the meds are?

thanks
Sylvia
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Hi Sylvia,
As Stravinsky suggested, your best option is to ask the Pension Service for an E106 form if you are working or an E121 if you are receiving certain UK State Benefits or a pension. Depending on which form you qualify for you will either get 2 years (E106) medical cover or lifetime cover (E121).. This means you will receive the same treatment as Cypriot but the UK NHS will pay instead of the Cyprus Helath Service.. This may not be the same as you would get in England, for instance some of my medication was not available on the Cypriot Health Service however I have been given alternative medication and all I pay is €2 euros for treatment and medication every time I go to see a doctor or a dentist at the local hospital. The cost will vary according to your family income.

If you are visiting Cyprus on holiday and have a European Health Insurance card you can use this to get treatment at a state hospital too.

You could see if you can get private health insurance but you might have a problem as you have pre-existing medical conditions. You would probably get cover...but at a price.
 

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Abi I am confused too.

How can health services in North Cyprus be good if with any sort of emergency they bring the people to the south in Nicosia.
 

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Hi Sylvia,
As Stravinsky suggested, your best option is to ask the Pension Service for an E106 form if you are working or an E121 if you are receiving certain UK State Benefits or a pension. Depending on which form you qualify for you will either get 2 years (E106) medical cover or lifetime cover (E121).. This means you will receive the same treatment as Cypriot but the UK NHS will pay instead of the Cyprus Helath Service.. This may not be the same as you would get in England, for instance some of my medication was not available on the Cypriot Health Service however I have been given alternative medication and all I pay is €2 euros for treatment and medication every time I go to see a doctor or a dentist at the local hospital. The cost will vary according to your family income.

If you are visiting Cyprus on holiday and have a European Health Insurance card you can use this to get treatment at a state hospital too.

You could see if you can get private health insurance but you might have a problem as you have pre-existing medical conditions. You would probably get cover...but at a price.


Hey Babs

I have been reading this forum with great interest as my wife and I are giving Cyprus serious consideration to retire to. Would you be kind enough to clarify the medical situation in Cyprus for me. Both my Wife and myself will be of pensionable age by the time we are ready to move to Cyprus. We both have repeat prescriptions we need to consider. Am I reading this right that we would have to pay for our prescriptions.

Thanks to everybody for their useful input on this thread.

Regards Tripp
 

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Hey Babs

I have been reading this forum with great interest as my wife and I are giving Cyprus serious consideration to retire to. Would you be kind enough to clarify the medical situation in Cyprus for me. Both my Wife and myself will be of pensionable age by the time we are ready to move to Cyprus. We both have repeat prescriptions we need to consider. Am I reading this right that we would have to pay for our prescriptions.

Thanks to everybody for their useful input on this thread.

Regards Tripp

hi Tripp.
Take a look at this info from the NHS regarding healthcare in Cyprus.
It should answer a lot of questions you may have.

Healthcare in Cyprus
 

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Thanks for the quick response Babs, having read through some of the procedures you have to go through to get registered, the queue's, I'm afraid I don't have patience for that !!. I'm thinking the private route will be better for my sanity :))

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Thanks for the quick response Babs, having read through some of the procedures you have to go through to get registered, the queue's, I'm afraid I don't have patience for that !!. I'm thinking the private route will be better for my sanity :))

Regards Tripp
If you are going to be in the paphos area we know a lovely Romanian lady who is married to a cyriot who will take care of registering at the general etc for you. She will do your social insurance registrations, residents cards and everything.
Oh by the way my name is Veronica not babs lol.
 

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Hey Babs

I have been reading this forum with great interest as my wife and I are giving Cyprus serious consideration to retire to. Would you be kind enough to clarify the medical situation in Cyprus for me. Both my Wife and myself will be of pensionable age by the time we are ready to move to Cyprus. We both have repeat prescriptions we need to consider. Am I reading this right that we would have to pay for our prescriptions.

Thanks to everybody for their useful input on this thread.

Regards Tripp
Hi Tripp,

If you use the Cypriot NHS route and are of pensionable age you would not have to pay for the prescriptions, just the appointment with the doctor (2€ each time).

Similarly you can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC was the old E111) and just pay the €2. But once you have registered for residency (you are legally required to do that within three or four months of your arrival) then you are no longer officially resident in the UK and the card is no longer valid. Should you continue to use the card as I have heard some do, then you are breaking UK Law.

If you see a private doctor then you would pay for the appointment and the prescription. If you are on repeat prescriptions your would have to see a doctor to get the prescription but then may be able to just go to a pharmacy for your repeats. It depends on what your prescription is. With a private prescription you can get most of the medication that you can get in England, there are just a few things that are not available here. But you should think seriously about the wisdom of just going private. It can be very expensive. Many people in other European Countries have got into trouble financially when they have developed serious conditions that require a lot of medical intervention.

You could look at the cost of private medical insurance but as pensioners requiring regular medication then I would guess it would be expensive. Some companies will not cover pre-existing conditions.
 

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Hi Tripp,

If you use the Cypriot NHS route and are of pensionable age you would not have to pay for the prescriptions, just the appointment with the doctor (2€ each time).

Similarly you can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC was the old E111) and just pay the €2. But once you have registered for residency (you are legally required to do that within three or four months of your arrival) then you are no longer officially resident in the UK and the card is no longer valid. Should you continue to use the card as I have heard some do, then you are breaking UK Law.

If you see a private doctor then you would pay for the appointment and the prescription. If you are on repeat prescriptions your would have to see a doctor to get the prescription but then may be able to just go to a pharmacy for your repeats. It depends on what your prescription is. With a private prescription you can get most of the medication that you can get in England, there are just a few things that are not available here. But you should think seriously about the wisdom of just going private. It can be very expensive. Many people in other European Countries have got into trouble financially when they have developed serious conditions that require a lot of medical intervention.

You could look at the cost of private medical insurance but as pensioners requiring regular medication then I would guess it would be expensive. Some companies will not cover pre-existing conditions.
Thank you Babs, your advice has given me something to think about.

Regards Tripp
 

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having read through some of the procedures you have to go through to get registered, the queue's, I'm afraid I don't have patience for that !!. I'm thinking the private route will be better for my sanity :))

Regards Tripp
Just as a passing comment, yes the queueing can be irritating but I found sitting on the phone for half an hour trying to get to see my doctorin England irritating and inconvenient too especially when you got told 'sorry there are no appointments left ring again tomorrow". Or that you could make an appointment and then wait an hour because the clinic was running late. Here I queue but I know at the end that I will get to see a doctor.

we only recently discovered that there is a small cottage hospital in Kofinou and in addition a doctor comes to our village once a week so there is no need to visit the bigger hospitals in Larnaca unless you need to see a specialist or further investigations.

Also, time runs differently over here. Life is more relaxed and somehow I don't get as stressed about queueing and waiting because I have time to do it.
 

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Dont be put off by cyprus health care , My hubby waited 2 hrs(take a book ) reg, saw GP surogen
Was told had henia, see you in 2 weeks for bloods, ecg ect, 4 days later op.All went well 3 days in. back for staples out week later in and out in 10 mins .
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Just as a passing comment, yes the queueing can be irritating but I found sitting on the phone for half an hour trying to get to see my doctorin England irritating and inconvenient too especially when you got told 'sorry there are no appointments left ring again tomorrow". Or that you could make an appointment and then wait an hour because the clinic was running late. Here I queue but I know at the end that I will get to see a doctor.

we only recently discovered that there is a small cottage hospital in Kofinou and in addition a doctor comes to our village once a week so there is no need to visit the bigger hospitals in Larnaca unless you need to see a specialist or further investigations.

Also, time runs differently over here. Life is more relaxed and somehow I don't get as stressed about queueing and waiting because I have time to do it.
Hi Babs

I was reminded the other day that the wait in surgeries here can be a long one, so I am aware that things are not that special at home !! My wife has the patience for form filling and getting it all together. So I have no doubt we will make the effort to go down that route.

Regards Tripp
 

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Dont be put off by cyprus health care , My hubby waited 2 hrs(take a book ) reg, saw GP surogen
Was told had henia, see you in 2 weeks for bloods, ecg ect, 4 days later op.All went well 3 days in. back for staples out week later in and out in 10 mins .
Tricia

Thanks for your response Tricia, it's encouraging to know that your Husband's situation turned out successfully.
Confidence on Health Care in Cyprus is increasing here !!


Regards, Tripp.
 
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