President Anastasiades heralds voting of National Health Plan bills

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has described the passing of the bills for the much-awaited National Health Plan by Parliament on Friday of historic significance.

In a statement to mark the event, President Anastasiades said that after decades of endless debates, one of the most decisive and radical reforms was achieved.

Noting that it is the state’s obligation to offer the entirety of its people a complete and effective health plan, Anastasiades said the significance of today’s House of Representatives voting is tantamount to the introduction of the Social Insurance system in the 1960s.

The first bill creates the institutional and operational framework for the national health plan and the second establishes a public law body which will assume responsibility for the operation of all public hospitals and primary healthcare providers.

The new regulations approved will regulate the working framework to be applied to the staff recruited by the autonomous body established under the provisions of the new law.

With regard to contributions, the new scheme, which will come into effect on the 1st of March 2019 for outpatient care, employees will pay 1.70% of their salary, employers 1.85%, the State 1.65%, while self-employed 2.55%, pensioners and officials 1.70%. Inpatient care will be introduced in 2020.

Source: Cyprus News Agency