EOPYY to hold back 40 million from clinics

Greece’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY, will not pay some 40 million euros it owes to private clinics because checks have revealed discrepancies in the invoices forwarded to the organization, it was revealed Tuesday.

Health Ministry officials presented the results of inspections by state inspectors, who managed to review 91 percent of the total bills run up at private clinics. The total amount charged to EOPYY was some 286 million euros.

Health Minister Makis Voridis said that in cases where the wrong charges have been invoiced on purpose and not due to errors by the clinics, the details will be passed to prosecutors to launch judicial probes. Voridis promised further penalties against these clinics, including the termination of their contracts with EOPYY.

“I am lucky enough to oversee the end of the inspection process but it is an effort that is due in large part to the work of my predecessors,” Voridis said at a news conference. The man who held the post before him, Adonis Georgiadis, was alongside the minister.

“Today we see the sweet fruit of a bitter effort,” said Georgiadis, who said the checks were rooting out bogus charges.

Inspectors have also been looking at the charges filed by diagnostic centers last year. Their report is due by the end of this month.

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