De­lay in medicines charge, not hos­pi­tal fee

Pre­scrip­tion drugs not 1 euro dearer yet but pa­tients’ treat­ment costs 25 eu­ros

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Due to a tech­ni­cal gl­itch, a new 1euro charge for any­one in Greece who picks up pre­scrip­tion medicine from a phar­ma­cist will start to ap­ply a few days af­ter its orig­i­nal launch date at the start of the year, Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis said yes­ter­day. The charge essen­tially means that EOPYY, the coun­try’s main health­care provider, will re­duce its con- tri­b­u­tion to the pre­scribed medicine by 1 euro, with the ex­tra money be­ing charged to the cus­tomer. Ge­or­giadis said that those with chronic ill­nesses will be ex­cused from the ex­tra charge. “There was a tech­ni­cal is­sue with IDIKA [the Com­puter Center for So­cial Se­cu­rity Ser­vices] and we are wait­ing to see when it will be ready,” said Ge­or­giadis. A cir­cu­lar con­firm­ing the 1-euro fee is due to be re­leased in the next few days. Ge­or­giadis, how­ever, con­firmed that a cir­cu­lar has al­ready been is­sued forc­ing state hos­pi­tals to charge any­one ad­mit­ted for treat­ment 25 eu­ros. The min­is­ter did not make it clear what would hap­pen to those who are not able to pay. “We will not take them to

jail. Don’t worry,” he told Mega TV yes­ter­day morn­ing. Coali­tion part­ner PASOK yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated its op­po­si­tion to the 25-euro charge and said that Ge­or­giadis’s ar­gu­ment that it was a bailout com­mit­ment which the So­cial­ists had agreed with Greece’s lenders when they were in gov­ern­ment on their own does not stand up to scru­tiny.

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