News: Cyprus' permanent health secretary Dionysis Mavronicolas has introduced a new healthcare bill in parliament to rationalise public healthcare and address 'system distortions'. Mavronicolas discussed changes to the healthcare system in parliament, which are expected to bring in EUR13mn (US$17mn) per year to the government. Changes suggested by the health ministry included a 30% raise in hospital fees, including a charge of EUR10 (US$13) for accident and emergency departments, and a charge of EUR0.50 (US$0.60) for laboratory tests and prescriptions. The reforms also proposed a fixed fee of EUR20 (US$26) for a visit to a pathologist for people who are not entitled to nominally free healthcare coverage. The health official also asked the private sector to lower fees to foster government efforts.