Minister’s cancer test plan rapped
Doctors roundedon Health Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis yesterday after he suggested that cancer sufferers should be made to pay for part of their treatment if they failed to undergo precautionary tests.
“It is not feasible for politicians to implement their own makeshift schemes when medicine has gathered such expertise,” said Dimitris Varnavas, head of the union representing national health system doctors (OENGE). He suggested that having cancer was “enough punishment” for failing to undergo precautionary checks.
Kouroublis said he plans to make four types of tests to detect cancer in men and women compulsory. He insisted that his aim is to heighten awareness about the disease.