Greek minister admits 25-euro fee will apply at hospitals

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis admitted on Wednesday that he will not be able to keep a pledge he made in August, when he promised that patients being treated at public hospitals would not have to pay a 25-euro fee to be seen by doctors and nurses.

Speaking to Skai Radio, Georgiadis blamed his predecessor – Andreas Lykourentzos – for having already agreed the measure with the troika in order to to improve hospital finances.

“It was proposed by my predecessor and voted through by Parliament,” said the New Democracy politician.

Georgiadis said that anyone with an income of less than 11,000 euros or who suffers from a chronic illness would not have to pay for the “ticket.”

“It is not such a terrible thing for those who are in a better economic position to pay for their less well-off fellow citizens,” he said.

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