Hospital admission fee to go up from January 1, as planned

Plans to charge patients 25 euros each time they are admitted to a public hospital and to ask Greeks with social insurance to pay 1 euro each time they are prescribed medicines will go ahead as planned from January 1, sources confirmed on Monday.

Kathimerini understands that Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis has instructed hospitals to apply the charge from the beginning of the new year and has informed the Computer Center for Social Security Services (IDIKA), which runs the electronic prescription system, to add the 1-euro charge.

The extra charges were agreed with the troika as part of the midterm fiscal plan in November 2012. The government hopes to raise between 50 and 60 million euros in annual revenues from these measures.

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