Rise in user fees in Greece could reduce access to healthcare, charity warns

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d200 (Published 11 January 2011)
Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d200

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Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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11 October 2013

Dear Editors,

Greek public hospitals close 200 more ICUs. [1]

Up to 40 accident or emergency patients are in waiting lists(!) to receive proper treatment, each day, in Athens alone. [2]

Such precarious conditions render public hospitals in Greece very dangerous.

Foreigners living in Greece and visiting tourists should seriously consider private healthcare insurance coverage for their safety.

References

[1] http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/09/12/greek-icus-close-200-beds/
[2] http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=532723

Competing interests: None declared

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

According to Dimitris Kontos, the President of Greek National Health Care system (EOPYY), 3,068,000 people have no access to public Health Care System, primary medical care or secondary hospital care.

A third of all inhabitants!

Greece is officially in a severe humanitarian crisis.

Reference

http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/09/20/more-than-3-million-greeks-h...

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing the Greek NHS for years. He is outraged to see such extreme, dangerous, humiliating shortages, and diminished accessibility.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

The Minister of Health himself posted some humiliating photos of public hospital buildings in Greece, on his twitter account, saying he was outraged.

References

https://twitter.com/AdonisGeorgiadi/status/362429782849368066/photo/1
https://twitter.com/AdonisGeorgiadi/status/362429865967878144/photo/1
https://twitter.com/AdonisGeorgiadi/status/362429955226869760/photo/1

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing the Greek NHS for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages. Public managers in Greek public Hospitals must answer where all those billions of State funds went.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

Donated Onasseio cardiac surgery hospital risked permanent closure. [1][2]

The Greek NHS is in such a bad shape it cannot even keep operational donated state of the art hospitals!

Poor Greek patients could have reduced access to vital services.

References

[1] http://newpost.gr/post/252463/onassis-cardiac-center-gets-7-million-euro...
[2] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_11/07/2013_508905

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing the Greek NHS for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages. Public managers in Greek public Hospitals must answer where all those billions of State funds went.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

With Greek NHS (EOPYY) officially declared “out of control”[2], novel pharmaceuticals are not ordered or purchased over a period of two and a half years. [1]

Cancer patients in Greece are forced to receive inferior quality treatments.

References

[1] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_15/07/2013_509474
[2] http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d200/rr/653459

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing the Greek NHS for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages. Public managers in Greek public Hospitals must answer where all those billions of State funds went.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

Public administration inspector general and new Minister of Health agree that Greek NHS (EOPYY) is exploited and overcharged by corruption, completely disorganized, producing huge new deficits every month, at risk of economic collapse, in need of drastic interventions. [1][2]

This doctor has been reporting these facts, in the BMJ, for more than two years.

References

[1] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_10/07/2013_508576
[2] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_10/07/2013_508653
[3] http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/03/no-time-or-money-reform-gre...

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing the Greek NHS for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages, corruption and deficits. Public managers in Greek public Hospitals must answer where all those billions of State funds went.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

Lack of printer ink for prescriptions managed to shut down a public hospital! [1]

In another Greek public hospital, patients in the ICU risked their lives when oxygen supply had been suddenly depleted! [2]

Such extreme shortages have made public Hospitals in Greece very dangerous to visit.

In any other European Country regulatory Committees would have revoked the Hospital’s license.

Unfortunate Greek citizens are condemned to be hospitalized in such dangerously deficient public Hospitals, which continue to cost billions!

References

[1] http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/06/04/ilia-lack-of-printer-ink-dep...
[2] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_31/05/2013_501987

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing Greek public Hospitals for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages. Public managers in Greek public Hospitals must answer where all those billions of State funds went.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

Surgery or geriatric bedridden patients in Greece cannot be provided with diapers any more! [1]

Diapers are deemed too expensive for the Greek NHS.

One can easily imagine what a mess poor nurses have to deal with every single day.

Reference

[1] http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/05/23/greek-health-care-austerity-...

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing Greek public Hospitals for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

Greek public hospitals have reached a point where they can no longer pay for patient meals, pharmaceuticals, surgical supplies, heating oil or cleaning services! [1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Strangely, they are still kept open and operating, despite of being obviously dangerous!

References

[1] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_12/03/2013_487195

[2] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242978/Cash-strapped-Greek-heal...

[3] http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-greece-austerity-disease-id...

[4] http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/12/10/greek-state-hospital-suffer-...

[5] http://www.npr.org/2012/12/09/166807624/greek-hospitals-suffer-in-ailing...

[6] http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=46651

[7] http://www.cnbc.com/id/47826051/Greece_Euro_Exit_Would_Kill_Already_Frag...

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is a diligent taxpayer who has been financing Greek public Hospitals for years. He is outraged to see such extreme and humiliating shortages.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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