Drop of 20 pct last year
The cost of an average prescription for medicine fell by 20 percent in the second half of last year to 36 euros, according to figures presented to Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos yesterday. The reduction is attributed to a decline in drug prices and the switch to prescriptions being written according to the active agent rather than the brand of medicine. According to the data presented by the Computer Center for Social Security Services (IDIKA), which manages Greece’s e-prescription scheme, 4 million prescriptions were issued on average each month last year.
France’s minister delegate for French nationals abroad, Helene Conway-Mouret, yesterday emphasized Paris’s support and solidarity for Greece ahead of a scheduled visit to Athens by President Francois Hollande later this month. In comments to reporters, Conway-Mouret expressed conviction that Greece’s position in the eurozone was secure. Asked whether Paris would welcome the election of leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to prime minister, she avoided answering directly but said that the French leftist administration would welcome like-minded interlocutors. She added that French authorities were ready to contribute knowhow in the spheres of tax collection and public administration.
Seven Turkish jets entered Greek national air space on Thursday without first submitting flight plans as required, Greek military officials said. A total of five air space violations were recorded, north of Chios and east of Rhodes, according to the officials, who said the Turkish jets were chased off by Greek aircraft.
A 10-meter section of the national highway connecting Tripoli in central Greece to Ancient Olympia at the junction of Toubitsi in Gortynia collapsed yesterday following several days of heavy rain. The road was closed as a team of regional maintenance officials was dispatched to repair the damage.
A total of 960 migrants returned to their homelands from Greece last month mostly through a European Unionfunded repatriation program. The Greek branch of the International Organization for Migration said a total of some 7,000 migrants had been repatriated since August.
Police revealed yesterday that they have arrested 24 people on the island of Corfu in connection with a usury ring thought to have netted 2 million euros over the last seven years. The gang preyed on indebted businessmen, lending them money at monthly interest rates that reached 100 percent. Police said as many as 63 people are suspected of involvement in the illegal lending and blackmail of victims.