Time to start shopping around for cheapest medicines

Greeks who obtain their medicines via their social security funds, thereby only paying a maximum of 25 percent of the total cost, could soon have to fork out more for the drugs.

Health Ministry sources told Kathimerini that the government is developing a plan for patients to pay more according to whether the medicines are original or generic.

The move is aimed to offer incentives for patients to be prescribed cheaper generic drugs.

Sources said that under the new scheme, patients buying original drugs would have to pay a greater share of the cost than those purchasing generic alternatives.