EOPYY scrambles to pay outstanding debts

The National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), is hoping to pay public hospitals in the next few days for some of the services they have provided to patients insured with the organization, which is facing serious financial difficulties.

Pharmacists are refusing to supply medicines to people insured with EOPYY because of outstanding bills. However, EOPYY is also in arrears with regard to payments to public hospitals. EOPYY president Gerasimos Voudouris told Kathimerini on Thursday that he hopes to release up to 80 million euros, to cover the care provided in January, within the next few days.

EOPYY, formed after several social insurance funds were merged last year, had its state funding cut by 500 million euros this year but is also being hurt by a drop in social security contributions, which were due to cover 4.5 billion euros of the 5.5 billion of its total funding. So far, EOPYY has only received 1.5 billion euros.

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