Minister instructs hospitals to treat uninsured patients

Minister instructs hospitals to treat uninsured patients

The process of providing free healthcare to patients who have not recently earned social security credits got under way on Thursday.

Health Minister Andreas Xanthos issued instructions to state hospitals to provide medicines, tests and treatment to uninsured patients without charge.

The minister’s note came in the wake of the so-called “parallel program” being voted through Parliament on Saturday.

The package of measures is aimed at easing the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable social groups, with the provision of free healthcare for all being its centerpiece.

The law also allows migrants living in Greece legally, as well as specific categories that do not have residence papers, such as pregnant women, refugees and minors, to receive free care.

According to ministerial decisions in 2014, uninsured Greeks could claim free healthcare if they could prove they could not afford it, while they could also obtain medicines under the same terms as those insured with EOPYY, meaning they would have to pay 1 euro for each prescription as well as part of the cost of the drugs.

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