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EOPPY units face closure as doctors’ contracts expire

There is a serious risk of dozens of local units of the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPPY), the country’s biggest healthcare provider, closing due to the departure of thousands of doctors, Skai understands.

Of some 6,000 doctors serving at around 200 EOPPY units, most of which were formerly branches of the Social Security Foundation (IKA), 1,040 are on short-term contracts which are close to expiring, meaning that the units will soon face an acute shortage of medical staff.

Meanwhile hundreds of doctors from the private sector who had been cooperating with EOPYY have stopped offering their services, causing problems for Greeks insured with healthcare providers who must find new doctors.