Minister to hold meeting on controversial hospital fee
Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis, who has come under fire over the introduction at the start of the year a 25-euro charge for patients visiting public hospitals, suggested yesterday that the measure could be scrapped if an alternative is found to prop up cash-strapped healthcare facilities.
Georgiadis told Skai television yesterday that he will be meeting today with deputies from junior coalition partner PASOK who have pushed for the measure to be cancelled. He added that Greece’s in- ternational creditors are not opposed to the charge being scrapped but only on the condition that other revenue-raising measures are found, such as patients paying a larger contribution for expensive diagnostic tests like CAT and MRI scans.
The 25-euro charge was introduced on January 1 but has already proved unpopular with coalition, as well as opposition, lawmakers, even though the measure had been planned many months earlier.