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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Lincoln » Wed May 15, 2019 10:38 am

So a question now arises. I read that the start date is to be "phased" in up to the end of August. My question is; Can we start to use the GESY Dr's that we are registered with FOC from the 1st of June?
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by WHL » Wed May 15, 2019 10:50 am

Lincoln wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:38 am
So a question now arises. I read that the start date is to be "phased" in up to the end of August. My question is; Can we start to use the GESY Dr's that we are registered with FOC from the 1st of June?
Best to ask your own Dr, I think that it differs from Dr to Dr.

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by trevnhil » Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am

I didn't think it was free of charge ??
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Mrblobby » Wed May 15, 2019 11:24 am

trevnhil wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am
I didn't think it was free of charge ??
Yes it’s free to see a doctor Trev .

Fees for NHS beneficiaries:
GP visits and in-hospital care will be free of charge.
Up to €6 per single visit to a specialised doctor.
€10 per visit to other healthcare professionals (i.e. physiotherapists).
€10 per visit to the Emergency Department (security officers, active reserve army soldiers are excluded).
€6 per appointment with a nurse.
€10 per diagnostic examination.
€1 per package of medicine.
€1 per lab examination (with a limit of €10, i.e. if a doctor asks for 12 examinations, the patient can only pay up to €10).

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by WHL » Wed May 15, 2019 11:39 am

Mrblobby wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:24 am
trevnhil wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am
I didn't think it was free of charge ??
Yes it’s free to see a doctor Trev .

Fees for NHS beneficiaries:
GP visits and in-hospital care will be free of charge.
Up to €6 per single visit to a specialised doctor.
€10 per visit to other healthcare professionals (i.e. physiotherapists).
€10 per visit to the Emergency Department (security officers, active reserve army soldiers are excluded).
€6 per appointment with a nurse.
€10 per diagnostic examination.
€1 per package of medicine.
€1 per lab examination (with a limit of €10, i.e. if a doctor asks for 12 examinations, the patient can only pay up to €10).
How is it free, when you are paying a chunk of money for the service?.

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Mrblobby » Wed May 15, 2019 12:25 pm

Being a bit silly aren't you WHL ?

We are all adults and know the system is being paid for out of people's tax or for us uk oldies by the S1 .

Perhaps it should have been worded simpler for those who need it spelling out . THERE IS NO FEE TO PAY TO SEE A DOCTOR , under the new system .
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by trevnhil » Wed May 15, 2019 12:59 pm

I didn't know there was no fee to pay to see a doctor.. SO THANK YOU FOR SPELLING IT OUT.
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Mrblobby » Wed May 15, 2019 1:41 pm

You are welcome , there will be no charge for the information . ;)

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by lefkes » Wed May 15, 2019 3:57 pm

WHL wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:39 am
Mrblobby wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:24 am
trevnhil wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am
I didn't think it was free of charge ??
Yes it’s free to see a doctor Trev .

Fees for NHS beneficiaries:
GP visits and in-hospital care will be free of charge.
Up to €6 per single visit to a specialised doctor.
€10 per visit to other healthcare professionals (i.e. physiotherapists).
€10 per visit to the Emergency Department (security officers, active reserve army soldiers are excluded).
€6 per appointment with a nurse.
€10 per diagnostic examination.
€1 per package of medicine.
€1 per lab examination (with a limit of €10, i.e. if a doctor asks for 12 examinations, the patient can only pay up to €10).
How is it free, when you are paying a chunk of money for the service?.
At the moment at the general I am prescribed 10 items which at 50 cents an item comes to 5 euros . These 10 items come in thirty boxes so if under gesy it is going to cost 1 euro a box the same medication will cost me 30 euros ,quite an increase. Lefkes.

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by trevnhil » Wed May 15, 2019 5:39 pm

Lefkes, I think you have the pricing correct.. But of course it is the same for all patients..
However I though I had read (but not sure) that there was a maximum amount you would pay in a year
Trev..

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Mrblobby » Wed May 15, 2019 5:43 pm

There is a maximum .

The annual co-payment ceiling per person is:

General population: €150 | Low-income pensioners: €75
Recipients of the Guaranteed Minimum Income benefit: €75 | Children: €75

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by Lincoln » Wed May 15, 2019 7:47 pm

Mrblobby wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Being a bit silly aren't you Trev ?

We are all adults and know the system is being paid for out of people's tax or for us uk oldies by the S1 .

Perhaps it should have been worded simpler for those who need it spelling out . THERE IS NO FEE TO PAY TO SEE A DOCTOR , under the new system .
I really think this was not called for Mr. Blobby. You usually give very supportive comments. If Trev did not know then that is all there is to it.
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by galexinda » Wed May 15, 2019 8:39 pm

Only a certain number of visits per annum to see a GP are free:

GESY HEALTH SERVICE - SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

VISITS TO PERSONAL DOCTORS
Patients between the ages of 16-18 are entitled to three visits to their GP, those in the 18-40 age group are entitled to four visits, those in the 41-50 age group are allowed six visits, those aged 51-65 are allowed eight visits, while patients over 65 are allowed ten visits on an annual basis.

To tackle the potential issue of over visitation, the HIO said that if a patient exceeds the allowed visitation limits, they will have to pay their doctor €15 per visit, though it noted that patients with chronic illnesses, low-income pensioners, beneficiaries of the guaranteed minimum income and their children, are exempt from this additional charge.

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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by trevnhil » Wed May 15, 2019 10:32 pm

I would come into the 10 visit category. At the moment I see a GP less than once a year.. I do see the heart consultant and the urology consultant... All visits to these doctors are by prior appointment and I assume (rightly or wrongly) that this will continue..
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Re: GESY ENROLLMENT

Post by mike strand2 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:26 am

Latest from GESY. Welcome Info
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/05/15/late ... confusion/

THE Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), tasked with implementing the national health scheme (Gesy), issued further guidelines and explanations for the public on Wednesday in a bid to clarify continued confusion ahead of the June 1 launch of outpatient care.

The first phase of Gesy will provide outpatient care, pharmacies and laboratory tests.

With the launching of the second phase on June 1, 2020, Gesy will also include inpatient care, A&E units, ambulance transportation, healthcare by nurses, midwives, clinical psychologists, clinical dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

The second phase of the scheme will also offer preventative dental care, relief healthcare and medical rehabilitation and homecare.

To register to Gesy, the HIO stated that beneficiaries can either follow the step-by-step procedure on the Gesy website – www.gesy.org.cy – or visit their GP of choice. Registration is free.

Upon registering with a GP, if a confirmation is not received by the beneficiary within seven working days, the request is cancelled, and the beneficiary must register with another GP.

As of June 1, beneficiaries will have access to their GPs or paediatricians, who can refer patients to a special doctor and for laboratory tests, and also prescribe medication.

If referrals to specialist doctors do not include the name of a specific doctor but instead state the specialisation of the doctor (e.g. cardiologist), beneficiaries can visit the doctor of their choice.

A specialist doctor can then also refer patients to other specialist doctors.

Normal referrals from a GP to a specialist doctor are valid for three visits and for a period of three months, while long-term referrals are valid for 12 visits and 12 months.

Referrals for diagnostic tests by radiologists, cytologists and anatomic pathologists are valid for 30 days. The same applies for referrals from one specialist doctor to another and for referrals for diagnostic tests by specialist doctors.

Patients suffering from chronic illnesses will receive repeat prescriptions which are valid for six months. During this period, patients will visit their pharmacy on a monthly basis to receive their prescribed drugs, without the need to revisit their doctor.

Beneficiaries will be asked to pay small sums when receiving services from specialist doctors, labs, pharmacies, nurses, midwives and other medical professionals.

There is a €1 surcharge on each drug, medical device, or sanitary product bought from Gesy pharmacies. [Not sure what's meant by 'surcharge'!]

Laboratory tests will also cost €1, while the total maximum charge per class of laboratory tests is €10.

Patients will pay €6 per visit to a specialist doctor, except for visits to doctors specialising in radiology/radio diagnostics, cytology and pathological anatomy, for which patients will pay €10 per visit.

Patients will also pay €6 per visit to a nurse or midwife, €10 per visit to an A&E unit, and €10 per visit to other medical professionals.

Patients who visit a specialist doctor directly and without a referral from a GP will be required to pay €25 for the visit.

However, women over the age of 15 directly visiting gynaecologist or midwives will be charged the regular fee of €6 for a visit to a specialist doctor or midwife.

In cases where patients visit their GP or specialist doctor after 8pm and at any time on weekends or on public holidays, doctors may charge as much as €25.

If a beneficiary’s GP is unable to provide services outside their working hours, the HIO noted that patient clinics staffed with GPs and paediatricians will operate from 7pm-11pm on weekdays, and from 9am-11pm on weekends and public holidays.

Furthermore, in cases where patients choose to purchase a drug which is more expensive than one whose cost is fully covered by Gesy, patients will be required to pay the price difference, in addition to the €1 surcharge for the purchase of drugs from a Gesy pharmacy.

Patients will not be charged for visits to their GP, though should patients exhaust the maximum number of free visits per year they are allowed, a €15 fee per extra visit will be charged. The HIO said that this fee was implemented in order to avoid over visitation to GPs, and noted that chronic patients, low-income pensioners, and GMI beneficiaries and their children are exempt from this fee.

For the remaining groups, the number of free visits per year is set according to age groups.

Age of Beneficiary Number of Visits
0-1 10
1-3 8
3-5 7
6-10 4
11-18 3
18-40 4
41-50 6
51-65 8
>65 10
An annual cap for payments by beneficiaries has been set to €150 for the general public, and €75 for low-income pensioners, GMI beneficiaries and -12s, while no additional sums will be paid by beneficiaries who have reached their cap for the remainder of the year.

Gesy will cover all vaccination services included in the national vaccination programme. In cases where doctors administer a vaccine not included in the programme, the doctor is free to determine the sum to be paid.

For more information on GPs, pharmacies and clinical laboratories participating in Gesy, beneficiaries can visit the Gesy website, the beneficiary’s portal, or call the Gesy service centre free of charge at 17000.

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