Bid to end 5-euro hos­pi­tal charge

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Al­ter­nateHealth Min­is­ter Leonidas Grig­o­rakos yes­ter­day pro­posed that a 5-euro fee that pa­tients pay for out­pa­tient treat­ment at state hos­pi­tals be scrapped and the lost rev­enue off­set by other mea­sures such as in­creas­ing taxes on to­bacco prod­ucts and al­co­hol.

Grig­o­rakos told a press con­fer­ence that he had rec­om­mended the abo­li­tion of the fee to the Fi­nance Min­istry and the coali­tion lead­ers, not­ing that the rev­enue it raised last year was 19 mil­lion euros, a rel­a­tively small sum that “can be se­cured with off­set­ting mea­sures” such as in­creas­ing taxes on to­bacco prod­ucts. He added that the Health Min­istry re­ceived only 9 mil­lion euros from 2.5 bil­lion euros in state rev­enue from to­bacco prod­ucts over the past two years.

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