Ge­or­giadis un­der fire for 25-euro charge at hos­pi­tals

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Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis came un­der a new bar­rage of crit­i­cism yes­ter­day over the 25-euro charge for those ad­mit­ted to pub­lic hos­pi­tals. The barbs aimed at the con­ser­va­tive politi­cian also came from coali­tion part­ner PASOK and not just op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Ge­or­giadis hit back at crit­i­cism of the mea­sures, ar­gu­ing it is a small charge which is vi­tal to keep­ing state hos­pi­tals run­ning prop­erly. He called on his crit­ics to come up with al­ter­na­tive ways of rais­ing the money needed. “What we are say­ing is that some­one will be charged once ev­ery 10 years they need treat­ment so that hos­pi­tals can be able to buy medicines for the poor,” said Ge­or­giadis.

PASOK re­sponded with an un­usu­ally strong-worded crit­i­cism of Ge­or­giadis, call­ing on him to find al­ter­na­tive sources of rev­enue from the eco­nomic plans Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras had un­veiled at Zappeio Hall when he was in op­po­si­tion. SYRIZA and Demo­cratic Left also called for the 25-euro charge to be scrapped.

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