The healthcare system in Cyprus is divided into public and private sectors. Both public and private hospitals can be found in all of Cyprus’s major cities. Public healthcare in Cyprus is funded by taxes and administered by the Ministry of Health. Public healthcare is either free or low-cost for EU citizens. Private healthcare generally has affordable fees for everyone.
You can obtain medically necessary treatment by presenting the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), when you are temporarily staying in Cyprus. Medically necessary treatment refers to treatment that cannot wait for your return home. You may need such treatment in case of acute illness or accident. You can also receive treatment related to pregnancy and childbirth or to a chronic illness. The need for treatment must emerge during the course of your stay.
You will receive treatment on the same terms and at the same price as the locals. It is advisable to carry copies of your European Health Insurance Card with you, along with the card itself. If you didn’t have your EHIC with you or it was not accepted, and you were required to pay all the costs of treatment yourself, you might be able to apply for reimbursement from Kela retrospectively.
By presenting a European Health Insurance Card, you will be able to obtain care in places of treatment belonging to Cyprus´s state healthcare system. Information about health services is available from Cyprus´s Ministry of Health in English and Greek. The contact of information of health services is also available on the site.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid only in the Greek-speaking part of Cyprus, but not in the in the Turkish region in the northern part of the island. If you travel to the northern part of Cyprus, remember to take out private health insurance.
There are also private doctors and treatment facilities in Cyprus. If you go for treatment in the private sector, you must pay all the costs yourself. An exception to this is a situation in which you have received a referral from the Department of Health for treatment for private treatment of kind that is not available in the state hospitals.
By presenting your European Health Insurance Card and ID, you can get treatment from general practitioners in state healthcare centres. In order to consult a specialist, you need a referral from a general practitioner in the state system.
You will be charged a small standard fee. Separate surcharges are made for laboratory tests and follow-up examinations such as X-rays. Certain special groups, such as students and the chronically ill, receive treatment for free or at a reduced rate.
The costs of dental care are not usually reimbursed, and therefore you must pay all costs in Cyprus yourself. Certain special groups, such as those over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill, can receive dental treatment in the public sector free of charge or at a reduced rate, however.
You can obtain a partial reimbursement on medicines prescribed by a doctor in the private sector when you take the prescription to a pharmacy within the healthcare system and you present your European Health Insurance Card and ID. Persons over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill receive a reimbursement of 50 per cent.
Transport by ambulance to obtain necessary medical care is free if the patient has a European Health Insurance Card and the treatment is provided at a facility within the public healthcare system.
You can access hospital treatment if you have a doctor´s referral. In an emergency, you can also go directly to a state hospital via the emergency department. In addition to any referral you may have, present your European Health Insurance Card and ID.
Emergency clinic patients all pay a small standard fee, regardless of the type of treatment they have been given. Patients over the age of 65, disability pensioners and the chronically ill receive a reduction on hospital fees.
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If you wish to travel to Cyprus for the purpose of using healthcare services, you can find general information on seeking treatment abroad on our site. Some useful websites are also listed below. You should direct your questions about healthcare in Cyprus to the Cypriot National Contact Point.
Quality and safety of treatment
In the event of treatment injuries, the legislation and patient insurance of the country providing the treatment is always applied. In case you are unhappy with the treatment you received, you should primarily try to sort the matter out with the treatment provider. The national contact point can help you with finding the right authority if you wish to make a complaint.