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Checks on doctors over prescription for EOPYY

Almost 90 doctors who work for Greece’s main public healthcare provider, EOPYY, have been called on to explain why they issued a higher number of prescriptions than the organization had planned for amid suspicions that at least some of the physicians were colluding with private clinics and diagnostic centers.

The doctors have been called to account after EOPYY inspectors checked prescriptions for some 53 million euros’ worth of treatment, which were issued during the first six months of the year.

In Larissa, central Greece, the cost of patients’ treatment was 8.8 percent of the total, whereas the area’s population accounts for just 2.8 percent of the number of people living in Greece. Similarly, Attica accounted for 43.4 percent of the total cost but is home to 29.8 percent of the population. A total of 87 doctors are to be questioned by EOPYY.