Unin­sured pa­tient dies

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An unin­sured can­cer pa­tient died late Thurs­day af­ter he was un­able to find a pub­lic hos­pi­tal that would treat him free of charge, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Com­mu­nity Clinic at Elliniko, south­ern Athens, re­ported yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the char­ity clinic – which pro­vides free med­i­cal as­sis­tance to peo­ple in need – the 66-yearold was on a list of 10 can­cer pa­tients for whom ef­forts were be­ing made to get them treated at lo­cal pub­lic hos­pi­tals through an emer­gency case pro­ce­dure. The man had re­port­edly vis­ited the clinic in Oc­to­ber.

Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis said there was no rea­son for the man not to be treated and sug­gested that his case was be­ing ex­ploited for “po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.”

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