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Clinic treatment in Greece costs citizens 25 euros

Patients in Greece have had to dig deeper into their pockets since the beginning of the year. Savings measures are expected to generate an additional 115 million euros for the state health system. About 25 euros that citizens have to pay for each hospital treatment.

State hospitals ask for checkout Patients in Greece have had to spend more money on their health since the beginning of the year. So they are now asked to checkout in state hospitals. People who get treatment there have to pay 25 euros. As the Greek Minister of Health Adonis Georgiades announced on Thursday on Greek television, poor citizens and the chronically ill are excluded from the new regulation.

One extra euro for the healthcare system In addition, another measure is to come into force in the coming weeks. Then, for each prescription, patients have to pay an additional euro for the state health system in addition to their excess. In Athens, the hope is that revenues of 115 million euros per year, according to the Association of Greek Doctors.

Irresponsible measure The alliance of the radical left (Syriza), Greece's strongest opposition party, criticized this measure as "irresponsible". The state health system will gradually be dissolved, as it was said. After the outbreak of the financial crisis, the Greek health care system began to falter. For almost two months now, thousands of Greek doctors have been on strike. Patients there must contact private doctors or clinics.

State employees in the mobility reserve Doctors who have a contract with the state insurance companies want to be exempted from the so-called "mobility reserve". The program to slim down the Greek state envisages that 25,000 civil servants - including doctors - will go into the "Mobility Reserve" for eight months. If no other state job is found for them during this period, they will be unemployed.

Health of the Greeks particularly affected by the financial crisis The health of the Greeks is particularly badly affected by the financial crisis. This was the result of a British research team led by Professor Martin McKee from the "London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine" in an article in the renowned science magazine "The Lancet" a few months ago. According to the information provided by the national ministry of health, the number of suicides in Greece in the first five months of 2011 rose by around 40 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. Politicians have also reduced the funds made available to public hospitals by more than a third. There is a lack of medication as well as staff. "Outbreaks of infectious diseases are becoming more common and budget cuts have restricted access to healthcare," the scientists said. In the case of HIV infections in particular, the researchers recorded a worrying increase in the wake of the financial crisis. (ad)

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