Lack of funds for unin­sured

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A change in leg­is­la­tion last April has given ac­cess to the pub­lic health sys­tem to some 2.5 mil­lion Greeks who did not have so­cial in­surance but has also put a fi­nan­cial strain on hos­pi­tals, whose fund­ing has not in­creased.

Treat­ing unin­sured pa­tients cost pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Athens 57.2 mil­lion euros last year. Across Greece, 23.5 mil­lion euros was spent on pro­vid­ing free lab tests to about 204,000 peo­ple.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence shows that the num­ber of unin­sured peo­ple com­ing to the hos­pi­tals is in­creas­ing,” the vice pres­i­dent of the Athens-Pi­raeus Hospi­tal Doc­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Ilias Sio­ras, told Kathimerini. “But the hos­pi­tals do not have ad­e­quate funds.” State fund­ing is at 1.1 bil­lion euros this year, the same as in 2016.

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