GESY ... dream or nightmare?

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GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by MacManiac » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:43 pm

I understand that all new systems take bedding in but really GESY takes the biscuit in the Polis area as far as I can see. We have had to change doctors three times in a month, as doctors sign up and as quickly decide it is not for them. We met a guy in our clinic yesterday who has been signed up with four doctors and then as quickly been told they are no longer available

I went to see yet another doctor yesterday as our chosen doctor was on yet another holiday. She was charming, efficient and spoke excellent English. It took her just less than half an hour to fill my repeat prescription on the computer (compare that with five minutes under the old system).

We went to our regular pharmacy today to find it shut until Monday, along with the pharmacy across the road. The third pharmacy had no stock and the pharmacist described GESY as a nightmare.

The fourth pharmacy had stock of most of what we wanted but I found on my return home that two items had only twenty tablets in each sealed box (and this for a month’s supply). And we ended paying a fair amount of money for some items that should only have cost €1,00. Our Cypriot friends are convinced that the system enriches doctors and pharmacists, and that the ordinary patient is paying for this. I find it hard to disagree with this.

At the moment my medication which used to cost €1,50 a month is costing closer to €80,00 a month. I have to say GESY is not doing what it says on the tin.

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by WHL » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:59 pm

Apart from the first month where there was a shortage of meds (island wide) for us it has been brilliant, I had one visit to the GP, then did blood test cost ten euro, where I normally pay 100 plus, wife visited the GP twice, two scans, and a visit to a specialist, working well for us.

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by trevnhil » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:47 pm

WHL you mention blood tests..... " then did blood test cost ten euro, where I normally pay 100 plus "
If you used to pay 100 plus for blood tests, was this at a private Laboratory ???
I thought the Maximum one used to pay at the hospital lab was 10 euros..
Trev..

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by memory man » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:56 pm

Hi Trev,

The maximum to pay for blood tests at General was
10 euros per sheet.
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Post by trevnhil » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:39 pm

Hi Brian.. yes that is what I have put in my last post.. But WHL said he usually paid 100 plus for blood tests..
This is what makes me think he is comparing Gesy with the private sector.
Trev..

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by WHL » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:01 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:47 pm
WHL you mention blood tests..... " then did blood test cost ten euro, where I normally pay 100 plus "
If you used to pay 100 plus for blood tests, was this at a private Laboratory ???
I thought the Maximum one used to pay at the hospital lab was 10 euros..
Yes that was at a private lab, the same lab im now paying 10e, we all give our personal experiences re Gesy, and mine have been very good up to now.

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by trevnhil » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:47 pm

Thank WHL for clearing that point up.. :-)
Trev..

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by darrow » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:19 pm

We have never paid only €1 for a prescription. MOH was over €11 and mine over €6˙ blood tests have been €12 and €11 respectively. So the monthly outlay is considerably more than it used to be prior to Gesy, especially when we used to get 3 months at a time. GESY also announced today that starting October 1st you can change Doctors after 3 months, on a "temporary "basis. Which is good news for MOH, since his Doctor is booked weeks in advance and we have to tag onto surgery and wait hours!

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by Austin7 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:46 pm

darrow wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:19 pm
We have never paid only €1 for a prescription.
My blood pressure tablets which I used to pay for privately on prescription were 13.52 (plus a pharmacists prescription charge of about 1.00 euro), now via Gesy they are 1.00 euro in total.

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by trevnhil » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:30 pm

Austin7 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:46 pm
darrow wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:19 pm
We have never paid only €1 for a prescription.
My blood pressure tablets which I used to pay for privately on prescription were 13.52 (plus a pharmacists prescription charge of about 1.00 euro), now via Gesy they are 1.00 euro in total.
But 6 months ago if your BP tablets were available at the hospital, you could have got 3 months supply for 50 cents...
Trev..

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Post by Kili01 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:13 pm

Well obviously costs for prescription medicine are variable under GESY, but in the main still seem much less than the retail price for many medicines. Private medicine, here on average is much cheaper than in the UK. In the private hospitals in UK means much faster appointments wherever you are, but is very expensive, so private health insurance is good, if one can afford it’

However under the NHS in many parts of UK now, the waiting time to see any doctor at your surgery is about 8days, and much longer to see your personal GP. Long waits (weeks, even months)for any out patients scans or x-rays. For non urgent fractures may involve a wait of 24hrs if you are unlucky, or for day case treatment at local hospital several weeks. For pensioners prescriptions are still free, otherwise they are nearly £10 per item.. where I stay, the local A&E closes for night, at 6pm. This isn’t in a deprived inner city area either!
So on average we probably get better faster treatment here!
Hopefully GESY will work better here when the system settles down. As long as the island can afford the cost of it.
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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by Austin7 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:18 pm

trevnhil wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Austin7 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:46 pm
darrow wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:19 pm
We have never paid only €1 for a prescription.
My blood pressure tablets which I used to pay for privately on prescription were 13.52 (plus a pharmacists prescription charge of about 1.00 euro), now via Gesy they are 1.00 euro in total.
But 6 months ago if your BP tablets were available at the hospital, you could have got 3 months supply for 50 cents...
Don't you think I realise that but I have never intended to ever go to the General and paying out 13.52euros a month was well worth it.

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by trevnhil » Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:51 pm

Ahhh.. I certainly Didn't realise that you never intended to go to the General...
Trev..

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by Lucky Lady » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Personally it's great - I used to spend 50 euros a month on medication (not all of my drugs were available at the general so I didn't bother going) - now it's 8 euros a month. 6-monthly blood tests were over 200 euros - yes I could have had them done at the general but chose not to. Now it's 4 euros,so I am very happy. Added bonus is that I see my GP for free (instead of 25 euros a visit) rather than see a doctor at the general, most of whom had little or no interest in my conditions (not even had my blood pressure taken!). 😀😀

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by Lincoln » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:35 pm

Like a few others, I also stopped going to the General and went private. To see my GP was €25.00 and I paid the full price for the script. Now I see my GP free and the script is at the GESY rate. So for me, it works.
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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by WHL » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:49 pm

Over here in the East, its been 50e to visit a private GP for some time

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Re: GESY ... dream or nightmare?

Post by trevnhil » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:28 pm

Wow that is quite a lot.. I think I used to pay 35 euros.. My wife visits an ophthalmologist and that is 50 euros
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