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Greek Government Looking to Bolster Public Healthcare

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Published on : Apr 02, 2015

Greece Prime Minister on Thursday declared that his government was looking to improve public health care in the country. Alexis Tsipras said that he hoped to achieve this by employing 4,500 specialized staff over and above abolishing the mandatory EUR 5 (US$5.4) fee that was being charged for treatment of patients at all public hospitals.

Prime Minister Tsipras was speaking at the Health Ministry and said that there were quite a few reforms that were passed over the last couple of years in Greece that were all part of measures of severity for the country’s global bailout. However, some of these reforms had managed to hurt the nation’s health care system and his government was taking all measures to repeal these damaging reforms. 

Tsipras said that before the international bailout, Greece’s national health care service had issues. However, after the reforms and bailout choices, it had become evident that over the past four or five years, the reforms that had a catastrophic impact on the foundation of the national health care services.

He also announced that his government had decided to repeal the rather unacceptable payment of EUR 5 that patients had to pay in order to get treatment or consultation in public hospitals as an outpatient. Prime Minister Tsipras said that his team was already intervening and executing various steps to abolish bailout measures which have over time gravely contributed to destroying the country’s health care service. Alexis Tsipras also listed out reforms in regards to pharmacies and medication, ambulance services, appointment of doctors in rural regions, and mental health.

Ever since 2010, Greece has been relying on rescue loans amounting to EUR 240 billion which have been granted by countries within the eurozone as well as by the International Monetary Fund. One of the main reasons Tsipras was brought to power in January was the promise to do away with some greatly despised bailout choices such as tax hikes and spending cuts.