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Healthcare

When buying a property overseas, one very important aspect is healthcare, especially if you are looking to move permanently. Cyprus is frequently number one in surveys for the best place to retire abroad and part of the reason for this is due to its excellent healthcare system. In addition, its climate and Mediterranean cuisine are beneficial for a number of chronic diseases, air pollution is low, the quality of drinking water is good and the lack of stress of the country's laid back lifestyle is also a factor.

In Cyprus, the medical system is a mix of public and private healthcare and is of a high standard. In fact it has become a popular destination for medical tourism. Doctors, specialists, surgeons, pharmacists and also dentists and opticians are all highly trained at top universities around the world, including countries such as Greece, Britain and America. Initial treatment is carried out quickly with referrals to specialists taking place immediately and operations scheduled with a minimum of delay - there are virtually no waiting lists or bed shortages in Cyprus! There are 5 large public district hospitals with numerous rural hospitals and health centres.. This is supplemented by the private hospitals and clinics.

What access do you have to these services as a foreighner?

Emergency treatment is provided free of charge. After that, there are a number of options. If you are working in Cyprus, then you will need to register and pay Social Insurance on a monthly basis. This will entitle you to free, or subsidised basic healthcare. Many people choose to also take out private insurance. If you are a non-EU citizen, then you will need private medical insurance in order to register with immigration to live in Cyprus. If you are an EU citizen, then under EU regulations, healthcare in Cyprus is provided on the same basis as for a Cypriot national. You will need the appropriate E-form or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your member country.

Private Medical Insurance

If you wish to take out private medical insurance, you can use a local Cyprus insurance company (several are part or affiliated with large International insurance groups), or an International company. Generally, health insurance in Cyprus is relatively inexpensive and can cost as little as €600 per year, depending on the company, coverage and age.

Cost of Treatment

To give you an idea of treatment costs a visit to a specialist can be as little as €35 and around €20 for a GP visit. X-rays can cost around €35. Most insurance does not cover dentist or optician costs. However, regular eye checks or dentist check ups are often free, with costs for other treatments, glasses and lenses are fairly low.

In Cyprus you have access to virtually all types of healthcare, including alternative medicine, and it is often far more accessible and inexpensive than other countries.