According to data presented to the parliament by the Minister of Health, Stavros Malas, the medical expenditure by state owned hospitals for care provided to Turkish Cypriots for free since 2003, when the crossings where opened, sums up to 44 million euro. Starting in 2004 with 2.53 million, the annual cost has been gradually increasing each year and has reached 5.58 million by 2011. The figures are the best estimate and do not include the costs of Tuikish Cypriots who used the European Health Insurance Card.
The provision of free medical care to Turkish Cypriots was implemented as part of the measures for supporting Turkish Cypriots in 2003. At the time it was decided that Turkish Cypriots will be given free medical care regardless of their income since it is not possible to accept income certificates issued by the illegal authorities in the occupied areas.