The Cabinet has approved a scheme to slash queues for patients waiting for eye examinations and MRI examinations at state hospitals by purchasing services from the private sector.
The scheme was presented on Friday by the Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry Christina Yiannaki and involves 20,000 ophthalmic tests and 5,000 MRI examinations.
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The programme involving the MRI examinations was put into operation on August 2 with a subsidy of €135 per examination.
The Ophthalmic testing programme is scheduled to commence on September 4 and makes provisions for a €40 per test.
Patients that are eligible for referral to the private sector are those who were registered for ophthalmic examinations on state hospital waiting lists by August 31, 2017, and whose appointments are scheduled for after November 1, 2017.
Details and instructions to patients are available at all the state hospitals and on the Health Ministry website.