Scheme to re­lieve hos­pi­tal pres­sure

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The Health Min­istry is work­ing on a plan to ease the pres­sure on pub­lic hos­pi­tals by di­vert­ing more cases to pri­mary health­care, Kathimerini has learnt.

Ac­cord­ing to the the scheme be­ing drawn up, all non-emer­gency cases would be treated by doc­tors at health cen­ters and for­mer EOPYY units. They would re­fer any se­ri­ous cases to the pub­lic hos­pi­tals through an elec­tronic sys­tem that would book the pa­tients’ ap­point­ments.

In 2013, pub­lic hos­pi­tals re­ceived 11.8 mil­lion vis­i­tors, only 4.7 mil­lion of whom were emer­gency cases. The min­istry be­lieves that the num­ber of non-emer­gency cases which end up at hos­pi­tals could be re­duced by 70 per­cent.

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