The issue of setting up pay contributions to partially fund the NHS hit the rocks recently, with strong disagreements between political parties, the powerful Pasydy civil servants and its branch of state doctors, as well as other stakeholders.
The government has proposed that the state would pay the biggest portion, around 4.5%, while employees and employers would pay lower rates, favouring between 2% and 2.5% for both groups.
However, disagreement not only exists on how much employers and employees will pay into the system but also on the question whether they ought to contribute equally.
Pasydy say they will not accept to pay contributions, citing employment terms signed between their members and the state, where the government essentially covers health care expenses for civil servants.
Glafcos Hadjipetrou, the Pasydy secretary general, says the state as the employer is responsible for making NHS contributions on behalf of civil servants.
“The state has an obligation to provide free health care to its employees,” said Hadjipetrou.
But the Pasydy representative also said he did not believe civil servants should stay out of the contributory system, but rather the state ought to make those payments on their behalf.