Action not words on NHS

first_imgBy Constantinos Psillides“The government responds with actions, not words,” health minister Philipos Patsalis said on Tuesday, reacting to criticism from MPs over the delays in introducing the National Health Scheme (NHS).MPs of the House Health Committee accused the government of derailing the NHS and “selling out public health to insurance companies.”“The government is working towards improving the legal framework governing public health, introducing digitisation, changing the way medicine is made available and restructuring all public hospitals with the goal of introducing a comprehensive NHS. We know the health sector’s issues firsthand. Public health doesn’t belong to anyone but the people and we should move on from petty politics. It is a matter that concerns everyone and we should all act in all necessary seriousness,” the minister said.Patsalis also informed MPs of the government’s intention to issue coupons to patients to use in the private sector who currently wait for months or years before they can be seen by a doctor in a public hospital.“We are discussing a variety of options. One is outright buy the services of doctors in the private sector.Another is issuing coupons for patients, so as to somewhat reduce the cost of visiting a doctor or undergoing a medical procedure in the private sector.”Main opposition party AKEL’s MP Irene Charalambidou attacked Patsalis, accusing him and the government of turning public hospitals into chaos, adding that the NHS is completely derailed and that “the government’s only concern is how to sell public health to insurance companies.”Charalambidou was referring to the government’s decision to push for a single-payer scheme, while at the same time leaving room to insurance companies to compete with the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), a government set-up service tasked with dealing with reimbursing medical expenses for those insured.Last month, Patsalis said the NHS will not be implemented this year and the best case scenario is September 2016.Putting in place a new and efficient health system is part of the island’s €10bn bailout plan; the first phase of the NHS was to be implemented by July 2015, the second in January 2016 and the third in July 2016.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more