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Ministry explores passing health costs on to private insurers

The Health Ministry is thinking of forcing private insurance companies to pay for any hospital treatment that customers receive rather than allowing the state to pick up the largest part of the bill through the EOPYY healthcare provider.

“Private insurance firms are happy with the logic of letting the state pay first and then covering the difference, if there is one,” said Health Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis. “Should it be allowed that when someone insured with EOPYY who has private insurance can go to a private clinic that is paid first by the state and then by the insurance company?”

Kouroublis said that a final decision had not been taken but that the government is likely to ask patients who choose not to go to a public hospital to pay for private care via their insurance or with their own money.