The Cypriot government moved quickly on Wednesday to facilitate thousands of foreign nationals to access its newly introduced General Health System (GESY) who could not do so for reasons relating to residence permits and citizenship, a statement said.
Due to a glitz of GESY’s software, certain groups of foreign nationals residing in Cyprus were unable to register as beneficiaries due to lacking or inadequate personal documents.
Among them are third country nationals who have a work permit but have yet to be issued with a residence permit.
The statement, issued after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, said the cost of their medical care will be assumed by the State Health Services organization until their residence permit is issued or until the software is adjusted to allow the registration of these persons as beneficiaries and accept their contribution.
Other beneficiaries who are being accepted into the system include people with no Cypriot citizenship, most elderly, who had a medical card to enjoy medical care at government hospitals and also an old Cypriot identity card, which was however not considered valid by the civil registry.
A third category of beneficiaries are people awaiting their permanent residence status to be issued and children born in Cyprus to foreign national but were not issued with a permanent residence permit.
GESY, which offers free medical care to beneficiaries paying a contribution, was introduced on June 1.