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Cabinet green-lights free state healthcare for uni students.

The cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal by which all university students in Cyprus will receive free healthcare at state hospitals, Education Minister Costas Kadis said.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet session, Kadis said the body decided to satisfy "a long-standing demand of our students for free healthcare".

He added that discussions on the issue had been held between the health, finance and education ministries, during which it was found that the measure's cost was "fully manageable". The minister said he plans to meet with student union Pofen to formally announce the cabinet decision.

He did not say what the cost would be.

Asked about it, Kadis said it is not expected to be very high, but will eventually depend on the number of students that will opt to receive healthcare at state hospitals.

Students who are chronic patients, he added, are anyway covered by the existing system, thus the new decision covers mainly students who are "at an age and stage in their life with the least healthcare demands".

In scope, Kadis said, are all students, whether in public or private universities.

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Date:Nov 29, 2017
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