Public administration inspector Leandros Rakintzis, tasked with rooting out corruption and mismanagement, on Wednesday said that Greece’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY, is operating like a free-for-all and at the limits of legality.
Rakintzis is probing the finances of the ailing organization, which is facing a funding gap of about 1.2 billion euros that Athens’s creditors have told the government to stop up. In his initial findings, Rakintzis said that the organization’s finances are opaque and that there is no clear picture of its expenditures and protocol, adding that its organizational structure is in complete disarray.
He also pointed out a monthly revenue shortfall of 100 million euros.
Rakintzis further mentioned instances where high-level civil servants like academics, politicians and doctors have taken advantage of the system and charged it with unnecessary expenses, citing the example of nine parliamentary deputies – whom he did not name – who sought expensive treatments abroad on the state’s tab.
The inspector went on to say that EOPYY’s entire set-up is slip-shod, suggesting that it needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up.