Who is entitled to free or subsidized medical care? Cypriot and EU citizens who are permanent residents in Cyprus are entitled to get a hospital card, whether it is completely free will depend on age, employment and income group. For pensioners and people who work and reside in Cyprus with a low income, medical care is free. Depending on how much you earn you will be able to get a hospital card with reduced charges. For those working in Cyprus, Social Insurance contributions are compulsory and how much is paid will depend on salaries earned. People who contribute social security payments are entitled to free or reduced medical care. The Ministry of Health categorizes patients into those who receive treatment free of charge, those who are entitled to reduced fees and those who have to pay the full amount. This is based on income, number of children, pensioners and chronic illnesses.