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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Mrblobby » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:34 pm

lefkes wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:03 pm
wilky wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:35 pm
Just been to GESY doctor and pharmacy got prescription on the doctors computer and a paper copy which the pharmacy took and found on the system but she did not have all the meds said she would ring when they got supplies in.Next day she phoned and we picked up meds for 3.48 euros one of those items i was paying 88 euros for so am well pleased with the new system.Today got an email from GESY confirming my collection from the pharmacy and telling me my maximum annual co-payment would be 150 euro and i have spent 3 euro co-payment.Very impressed so far.
Dear ,Wilky, You mention that you were able to receive a medication through Gesy which you have been paying 88 euros for ,would it be possible to say if this is a product called Eliquis apixaban for which I have been buying for the same cost ?.I would be delighted to save this amount of cash per month. Thanks in advance. Lefkes.
This looks like a plus side of Gesy .

Changes for patients
*Over the counter pharmaceuticals will remain outside the system. This means patients will have to pay for them out of pocket
*There will be a prescription fee of €1. Patients who not want the generic pharmaceutical prescribed, can opt to buy a more expensive brand pharmaceutical and cover the difference in price
*If there is no generic the GHS will fully cover the brand pharmaceutical
*GHS participants will not need to pay anything for medicine administered while in hospital
*The GHS will fully cover innovative medicine
*The GHS will fully cover the medicine prescribed by a doctor, even if there is a generic
*If the doctor is not part of the GHS, patients will have to pay for the medicine
*In the event of a chronic illness, doctors can give a prescription valid for six months so as not to inconvenience the patient. *However the patient can only collect a month’s supply at a time from the pharmacy.

Below is an extract from the official list .
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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by WHL » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:21 am

Ok here is our first experience, my wife booked last week for both of us, we were given yesterday, 5pm for her and 5.30 pm for me, half hour each, the last time I visited a GP in the UK it was ten minute slots, so far so good, arrived at the very swanky modern and very clean clinic, checked in with the very polite lady at reception desk, and were shown to to the Dr, very pleasant lady, UK trained and very knowledgeable, who put our history etc on the computer, advised us of the different med options, gave us prescriptions for six months, and a referral for me to have all the blood tests, for the princely sum of 10e the last time I had full blood tests I paid 120e, the wife to see a gynecologist at the hospital, we left after about half an hour, a very pleasant experience, now the downside, went to our usual chemist, who sadly had one med out of the six we were prescribed, she got on the phone to some other chemists who had the same situation, she explained that Cyprus were not prepared stock wise, for the start of the NHS and there is an Island shortage. so we left empty handed. my wife will visit some other chemists today to try and get the meds.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by trevnhil » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:46 am

Just a couple of comment on the post from WHL.. Re the blood tests, I think you blood tests costing €120 must have been via the private sector... The maximum charge for blood tests at the General has been €10 for a long while..
And in general it puzzles me that there is a shortage of medicines in Cyprus... Basically no more medicines are needed now than 3 months ago... People are just getting their usual medications from different outlets.
However I do hope that the 'shortage' is sorted as soon as possible ..
Trev..

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Varky » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:51 am

I downloaded the list of pharmaceuticals from the GESY website and was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the medications unavailable under the previous regime would now be available. It appears that I was a bit optimistic and it is probably because the powers that be are waiting to receive funds from the various individual sources before actually stocking those (more expensive) medications that they have announced will be available.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by WHL » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:53 am

trevnhil wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:46 am
Just a couple of comment on the post from WHL.. Re the blood tests, I think you blood tests costing €120 must have been via the private sector... The maximum charge for blood tests at the General has been €10 for a long while..
And in general it puzzles me that there is a shortage of medicines in Cyprus... Basically no more medicines are needed now than 3 months ago... People are just getting their usual medications from different outlets.
However I do hope that the 'shortage' is sorted as soon as possible ..
Yes Trev, that was with a private lab, re the shortage, I will post on how my wife gets on today.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by WHL » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:17 am

So just spoke with my wife, she has been to three different chemists today in Larnaca, all in the same situation, they are all ringing each other trying to borrow drugs of each other, she had to leave the prescription with one chemist and he will ring his suppliers to try and get the meds, but he didn't sound very hopeful, good job we have a couple of weeks supply at home.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by trevnhil » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:08 am

Thanks WHL... it is just so puzzling as to why the widespread shortage.. There are just about the same number of patients... And they needed roughly the same medication last month before Gesy..
But now all of a sudden there is a BIG shortage of medicines ???
Trev..

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by rambo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:54 am

Mrblobby wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:34 pm
lefkes wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:03 pm
wilky wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:35 pm
Just been to GESY doctor and pharmacy got prescription on the doctors computer and a paper copy which the pharmacy took and found on the system but she did not have all the meds said she would ring when they got supplies in.Next day she phoned and we picked up meds for 3.48 euros one of those items i was paying 88 euros for so am well pleased with the new system.Today got an email from GESY confirming my collection from the pharmacy and telling me my maximum annual co-payment would be 150 euro and i have spent 3 euro co-payment.Very impressed so far.
Dear ,Wilky, You mention that you were able to receive a medication through Gesy which you have been paying 88 euros for ,would it be possible to say if this is a product called Eliquis apixaban for which I have been buying for the same cost ?.I would be delighted to save this amount of cash per month. Thanks in advance. Lefkes.
This looks like a plus side of Gesy .

Changes for patients
*Over the counter pharmaceuticals will remain outside the system. This means patients will have to pay for them out of pocket
*There will be a prescription fee of €1. Patients who not want the generic pharmaceutical prescribed, can opt to buy a more expensive brand pharmaceutical and cover the difference in price
*If there is no generic the GHS will fully cover the brand pharmaceutical
*GHS participants will not need to pay anything for medicine administered while in hospital
*The GHS will fully cover innovative medicine
*The GHS will fully cover the medicine prescribed by a doctor, even if there is a generic
*If the doctor is not part of the GHS, patients will have to pay for the medicine
*In the event of a chronic illness, doctors can give a prescription valid for six months so as not to inconvenience the patient. *However the patient can only collect a month’s supply at a time from the pharmacy.

Below is an extract from the official list .
Hi Mr Blobby,

Very interesting to read particularly firstly "If there is no generic the GHS will fully cover the brand pharmaceutical", as both my Cardiologist and my Pharmacist have told me that as there is no Generic for Ezetrol I will have to pay, could you give me a link to these extracts from the GHS regulations?
Secondly Is Aliquis Apixaban the replacement for Warfarin that does not require the frequent INR test?

Paul.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Mrblobby » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:37 pm

Rambo this is the link .

https://in-cyprus.com/initial-list-of-p ... 3O34OwmvLs

Sorry I know nothing about Aliquis Apixaban .

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by mike strand2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:29 pm

Mrblobby wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:37 pm
Rambo this is the link .

https://in-cyprus.com/initial-list-of-p ... 3O34OwmvLs

Sorry I know nothing about Aliquis Apixaban .
Unfortunately the list is not alphabetical by drug name, but by code. Because its a Pdf, it makes searching impossible to find a particular drug. (unless I'm missing something!)

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Mrblobby » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:31 pm

If you use acrobat it lets you use word search .

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by rambo » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:33 am

Thanks Mr. Blobby, now that I have that I can show them and hopefully get the Ezetrol under the GHS. I did a google for Aliquis Apixaban and I'm pretty sure it is the alternative to Warfarin for my conditions.
Paul

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by trevnhil » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:19 am

Please, anyone, please do let us know if you change a pharmacy's stance on this..
Trev..

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by PolemIan » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:03 pm

Trev, perhaps the Gov have been trying to negotiate ambitiously low prices for the drugs with the drug companies and to lower the gap between what we pay and what they have to fund, the drug companies won’t lower their prices and there is an interruption in supplies until resolved?

Ian

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by trevnhil » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:54 pm

That is a possibility but I have no idea how probable it is :-)
Trev..

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by mike strand2 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:16 pm

I've just ordered 6 mo supply of 100mg Losarton BP tabs from ZAVA on-line, £27. They'll deliver to my daughter in UK free delivery & she'll post them to me. I cannot be left with a possibility of running out in 1 1/2 weeks!

I've also emailed the British High Commission in Nicosea suggesting the UK could in the short term, release to Cyprus, some of the huge medicine 'Brexit stockpile'

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Jimgward » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:16 pm

I do wonder if Britain stockpiling is creating the shortages in Cyprus. I have heard if already short supplies of some drugs in the UK as well, so maybe more than any brexit effect

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by Mrblobby » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:16 am

Our first experience for an appointment at evangelismos today , we had already registered a few weeks ago .

Lots of people milling about wanting to get registered and trying to push their way in . They have now put notices up to say you only get to see doctor by appointment .

Our doctor put his foot down and told them he had patients to see who had made appointments , so we soon got in . He entered our prescriptions details and printed them off , only 4 months ?

I asked him about a verification code and he did not know what it was , said he will make inquiries .

The verification code is what you need to complete the on line registration .

Went to a pharmacy , had only half our meds , said he will have them tomorrow .

I am sure it will get better .

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by WHL » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:47 am

So my wife went to the chemist this morning, to see what was happening with our prescription, which she left with him last week, had the blood pressure and cholesterol pills, but none of the heart meds, he gave her a receipt to say they were paid for and will call her when they arrive, bad news is there is no stock on island, she only has about a weeks supply left, so we are going to try and get them from abroad, looks like a big cock up , re the meds stock on island.

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Re: first experience visiting GESY doctor

Post by trevnhil » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:47 am

This seem strange to me, that you have yet to complete the online registration, but you have had an appointment with your Gesy GP...
Hopefully it will all get sorted, sooner rather than later..
Trev..

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