Min­is­ter to hold meet­ing on con­tro­ver­sial hos­pi­tal fee

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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.

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