Uninsured cancer patient dies while looking for hospital

An uninsured cancer patient died late Thursday after he was unable to find a public hospital that would treat him free of charge, the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Elliniko, southern Athens, reported on Friday.

According to the charity clinic – which provides free medical assistance to people in need – the 66-year-old was on a list of 10 cancer patients for whom efforts were being made to get them treated at local public hospitals through an emergency case procedure.

The man had reportedly visited the clinic in October.

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis said there was no reason for the man not to be treated and suggested that his case was being exploited for “political reasons.”