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Thursday, August 8, 2013

An Insured Cancer Patient finds it impossible to obtain medication from the Greek National Health System







Helliniko, 1 August 2013

PRESS RELEASE
"An Insured Cancer Patient finds it impossible to obtain medication from the Greek National Health System"
It is with deep regret that we announce the desperate situation of a cancer patient who, even though he HAS insurance, is not being covered by the state hospital where he was first treated and diagnosed.  As can be seen from the documentation below (with his name crossed out for obvious reasons) the state hospital is not providing him with his medication.  It is a deadly serious matter and obviously indicative of the tragic state of the Greek Public Health Care System. 

More specifically, a 53 year old cancer patient, with a valid health care booklet (in other words, he is insured) finds it impossible to find life saving medication from the state health system.  As a result, he cannot start the treatment that his doctors have advised him to start on the 2nd of August.  

Citing this case, please call the Ministry of Health and ask them to find an IMMEDIATE solution to the problem of this individual.  While they’re at it, they could answer why patient health is just left to chance. 

Finally, let’s consider the tens of thousands of citizens who are NOT insured.  They face a much worse prospect with no access at all to the National Health System unless of course, they have the ability to pay for services. 

The Ministry of Health must give a solution, because clearly the correct way to reduce the large sums spent on health is not to withhold necessary medication from its patients.






 

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