Red tape hampers free healthcare

A proliferation of government circulars and ministerial decisions, as well as inadequately briefed staff at hospital units and a profusion of red tape, is preventing uninsured citizens from accessing the free services they are entitled to, Kathimerini understands.

Although existing legislation allows undocumented immigrants and other uninsured citizens access to health services free of charge, many hospital units and public services interpret the law in varying ways as they have not been properly briefed, according to the nongovernment organization Praksis.

Unveiling the findings of an awareness campaign for Hepatitis B, Praksis staff said they had to intervene on behalf of patients.

“We had to prod the state for it to enforce policy,” said Marianella Kloka of Praksis.