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Cyprus lacks a National Health System with total population coverage and instead has a mixture of public and private health care providers. The typology and special features of the Cyprus healthcare system have been largely influenced by socioeconomic and political factors. This paper provides a descriptive analysis of the Cyprus healthcare system based on the main state provision theories for identifying the fundamental principles that run through it. These theories are not extensively analyzed in the paper, but the theoretical elements which are related to the healthcare system are discussed, along with the degree to which these elements are applied in daily practice. By exploring whether the Cyprus healthcare system meets its aims on the basis of the fundamental principles of state provision, it becomes apparent that the system is characterized by special features and many problems and weaknesses which inhibit its efficiency and effectiveness. The Cyprus healthcare system is a mixture of various subsystems and models. The first subsystem (Beveridge type), includes the healthcare services provided by the public sector, based on the fundamental principles of the social state provision, while the second subsystem includes the services that are provided by the private sector, based on the neo-liberal “market model”. These two extreme approaches can create severe problems in relation to the organization and operation of health care provision.
|Category:||Volume 48, N 2|
|Authors:||Andreas Charalambous , Socrates Socratous|